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2023 Presidency: We Won’t Support Any Southern Candidate Who Supports Anti-Grazing And VAT Bill – Miyetti Allah

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One of the leaders of umbrella bodies of the Fulani herdsmen group in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan has declared during an interview on Tuesday that any southern candidate who is against open-grazing and propagating for VAT independence for states shouldn’t expect the support nor the votes of the Fulani Herdsmen rather the Miyetti Allah group would campaign against such a person come 2023. Miyetti Allah's Spokesperson

Saleh Alhassan who is also the National Secretary of the pastoral herdsmen group and its spokesperson said this while speaking on Punch Online interview programme, even going as far as pointing fingers at the Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, saying if such a candidate was produced the group would fight and campaign against him.
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Most southern governors, including those of Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently, Delta and Ogun states, have signed the anti-open grazing bill into law.

Miyetti AllahThe Miyetti Allah group, while reacting to the passage of the law in the southern states, described it as ‘satanic’ and ‘politically motivated,’ adding that it would sue the governors over the law.
Alhassan also alleged that the move by the southern governors was to negotiate the 2023 Presidency with their 19 northern colleagues who have kicked against power shift to the South.
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As the 2023 general elections draw nearer, there have been intense political posturing, permutations and fireworks. The 17 Southern Governors had met twice in the year and demanded power shift to their region while the 19 Northern Governors also met last week, opposing such move and noting that the candidate with the highest votes will emerge as President in the next general elections.

The Miyetti Allah spokesman said his group won’t support southern governors or any southern candidate who is against open grazing and who also oppose the collection of Value Added Tax by the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
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Asked whether his group would back a northern candidate after the expiration of the eight-year regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhassan said, “Our concern is not where the President comes from but certainly we know those that we cannot support; those that want to destroy our means of livelihood, we would campaign against them.

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“We are not worried where the President comes from but we need a competent nationalistic person to take over from Buhari. We don’t need people with sectional sentiments; people that think they can make exclusive economic policies, people that think their zones should have more preference, they want to control the VAT, destroy our traditional livelihood.

“The governors can say anything but ultimately, the votes determine who becomes the President.

“If you say you are producing (Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, Rotimi) Akeredolu as a southern candidate, we would never support him because he is championing the destruction of our rural economy. People like that, we would never support them. We won’t support someone hobnobbing with Biafrans.”

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