Ahead of the 2019 election, leaders of Southern and Middle Belt Forum on Sunday grilled former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
The elders which comprised members of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Niger Delta Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere and Middle Belt Forum questioned Abubakar at the Abuja residence of Edwin Clark, leader of PANDEF.
Abubakar, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential aspirant was the first to appear before the Forum.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, said, “We have been meeting for quite sometime. We are besieged with matters of national importance affecting the health of our country.
“One of the programmes we decided to embark on is to talk with those who have expressed desire to lead our country to contest for the presidency.
“We wanted to rub minds with them; we wanted to know their views about the things that are of importance to us so that by the time we finish the interaction, we will be able to assure ourselves which of them we think will reflect our aspirations and rejig our country and bring it to where our country men and women will like it to be.
“By sheer force of providence, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Wazirin Adamawa has become the first person to be with us.”