National President of Fulani socio-cultural association, Kautal-Hore Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, has stated why the organization is yet to endorse any of the presidential candidates of the two top political parties ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
Bodejo spoke with journalists in Sokoto as part of his group’s mission on which candidates to endorse.
He also pointed out that Miyetti Allah did not hesitate to choose former President Goodluck Jonathan over Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 because they were in love with the Bayelsa-born politician.
According to him, they are yet to hear either from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nor President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, their plans for the Fulani people.
He continued, “On the issue of endorsement, my visit to Sokoto is part of our nationwide consultation with our members to review each state disposition to our cause and plights and sensitise them ahead of our decision to endorse a preferred candidate that would be based on our aggregate opinion.
“My visit to Sokoto has also enabled me to interact with the chairman and members of Miyetti Allah. I heard their problems and challenges, and got first hand information on what the state government is doing for the benefits of the Fulani race.”
Asked why they endorsed Jonathan prior to the 2015 elections when the presidential contest was between a Fulani and a non-Fulani and why is it taking them this long even with two Fulani as strong contenders, Bodejo said, “It is true we endorsed former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“And the reason we did that was that we were already in love with him to the extent that we made him our patron.
“Let me emphasize here, Fulani people don’t double-deal. That is why we endorsed Jonathan.
“The reason we are yet to endorse anyone between the two leading candidates is that we are yet to see or hear from any of them, their plans and programmes for the Fulani.”