Arewa Groups endorses Pam as Tinubu’s running mate
The United Arewa Youth Council, in conjunction with civil society groups in the North, has endorsed Reverend Yakubu Pam as the running mate of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the National Coordinator and Secretary of Arewa Youth Council and Northern Civil Society Groups Mal Danladi Iliya and Pat Dauda respectively said that as concerned stakeholders, they conducted a separate study on the most suitable candidate for the vice presidential slot and found that Pam is suitable.
“We wish to state that this fact is supported by an opinion poll conducted in the 19 northern states, including the Federal Capital Territory. The result of the opinion poll confirms this position, and we would like it to be recorded that the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu brand is well accepted in the 19 northern states, including the Federal Capital Territory.
“Our findings have been subjected to careful scrutiny and multi-layered debate using rigorous criteria to ensure their veracity with the overriding goal of ensuring the APC is successful in selecting Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s running mate.
“It is instructive to state that the opinion poll results indicate the need for a balanced ticket in the form of a credible candidate from any north-central state to serve as Vice President.
The need for ethnic and religious balance in the ticket cannot be overstated; because it would be a political miscalculation if the APC selected a running mate without these considerations.
“As concerned stakeholders, it was our responsibility to conduct a separate study on the most suitable candidate for the position of Vice President from the list of those recommended.”
The poll result was overwhelming in approving Reverend Yakubu Pam, the executive secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, among the lot.
“We must clarify that other names of prominent Nigerians were on the list. However, the majority preferred Reverend Yakub Pam because of his background as a unifying figure who contributed immensely to peace, unity and ethnic and religious tolerance in Northern Nigeria over the decades,” the group said, adding that Pam’s experience as a seasoned administrator was also considered.
“The United Arewa Youth Council and civil society groups in the North are in complete agreement, given the particularities of the times and the plurality of Nigerian society.
“Having said the above; the APC presidential ticket would receive further impetus with the nomination of Reverend Yakubu Pam as the running mate, which we believe would lead to electoral victory due to the wide appeal Reverend Yakubu Pam enjoys in most parts of northern Nigeria and other parts of the country.
“It must be said that Reverend Yakubu Pam is a modest, albeit quiet, personality and has contributed immensely to our great country. His name resounds with peace and unity, even within the religious circle of the North, with whom he enjoys immense respect.
“His leadership footprints cut across different segments and sectors of the Northern region, hence why his nomination as the APC vice-presidential candidate would indeed boost the party’s chances in the 2023 presidential elections. .
“It therefore remains the position of the United Arewa Youth Council and civil society groups in the North that Reverend Yakubu Pam does indeed fit the bill as the APC Vice Presidential candidate. We are confident of the added value that his appointment would bring to the APC’s presidential ticket.
“Therefore, the United Arewa Youth Council and civil society groups in the North are using this medium to inform the general public of the endorsement of Reverend Yakubu Pam as the APC vice-presidential candidate.
“We also call on the leadership of the APC to see the endorsement of Reverend Yakubu Pam as a well-meaning running mate to secure much-needed support from the critical constituency he represents,” the group added.