The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Thursday denied endorsing former President Goodluck Jonathan for 2023 presidency.
Alhaji Musa Saidu, ACF chief executive officer, said this while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Saidu, who is also the Arewa community leader in the South-South and South-East, was responding to media reports that the Coalition of Northern Groups had approved Jonathan ahead of the 2023 elections.
He said, “There was never a time the ACF or the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) endorsed a particular aspirant for the presidential election.
“I was to say clearly that no coalition or any group has the mandate to speak for the North.
“I actually read a statement credited to one Abdulazeez Suleiman, the spokesperson for the coalition claiming that the North has endorsed Jonathan for 2023.
“I want to say that this is not true.”
He added, “It’s absolutely misleading for a group to speak on behalf of the North without any mandate, doing this is a mischief and tantamount to creating confusion among interest groups.”