National President of Middle Belt Youth Forum, Comrade Pius Attah, has said that the region would vehemently resist any attempt by their counterparts in the far north to thwarts the chances of former Senate President, David Mark from contesting the 2019 presidential election.
He noted that the Middle Belt, which comprises of the North Central geopolitical zone has suffered neglects and marginalization with recently released of political appointees by the presidency.
Comrade Attah stated this yesterday during a press conference in Jos and insisted that the Middle Belt should be given the chance in the north to produce the president in 2019.
“We in the Middle Belt are suffering political marginalization from our counterparts in the far north. This is evident with the recent released of list of political appointees by the presidency and the region has the least among other geopolitical zones in the country.
“We have been supportive of political ambition of other geopolitical zones and we have made several civilian presidents but we have never produced one. It is on this account that youths in the Middle Belt after consultation with the elders, women and some political stakeholders decided to endorsed Senator David Mark to contest the 2019 presidential election.
“We will resist any attempt by anybody from the far north to thwarts this ambition, it is time for us in the Middle Belt to give Nigeria a president that will unit and address issues of marginalization and nepotism in the country.”
He stressed that when the north is looking for vote during the election, they assume that the 19 northern states are together but when it come to a political appointment and what will benefit the region, the Middle Belt is neglected after labouring.
He called on youths in the South-South, South-East, South-West and North East who has not also produce President in the country to support the presidential ambition of the Middle Belt in North Central so that they will also support them when they indicated interest.
Comrade Attah expressed disappointment with President Buhari for his inability to address the Fulani/herdsmen clashes in Benue and Plateau State where several lives have lost.