By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A sociocultural group, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association (GAFDAN) has said that its members remain neutral in endorsing a political party or candidate ahead of the Presidential polls, while frowning at the endorsement of President Muha!made Buhari, which it said has alienated its members in some States where the All Progressives Congress (APC) is unpopular.
General Secretary of GAFDAN, Ibrahim Abdullahi expressed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday evening, after the association’s Annual Delegates Conference at the Sultan Bello Mosque.
“You might have heard that some pastoral organisations have adopted a candidate and a party. It is wrong to support one candidate. We disassociate ourselves from this.
“In one of the South East states, they have started threatening our people because they said they are supporting a party,” he said.
He explained that in view of that, leadership of the group is making efforts to ensure safety of herders by swinging into action to clear the air that they have not endorsed any particular candidate.
“As soon as this conference us over, we are heading to the state to tell them we have not adopted any candidate, but candidates can come and tell us what they have to offer Nigerians,” he explained.
He emphasized that it has never happened in the history of Fukani as a people that they have come out to declare for a particular candidate or party.
“We want to maintain our neutrality because we are neutral,” he stressed.
Abdullahi speaking further, that the gathering is annual delegates conference where they sit and review things affecting their people, who gather from all geo political zones and states in the country.
“Important issues to discuss as it affects our people and members attracts delegates from the six geo political zones in the country,” he pointed out.
Commenting on the persistent farmers/herders crisis,he said it was worrisome to the group and they have put things in motion to ensure a lasting solution is achieved.
“Our association has put machinery on ground to start dialogue from the grassroots with the farmers because we realize the clashes especially between farmers and herders as a result of lack of dialogue,” he added.