The Middle Belt Forum on Tuesday asked the electorate in the region to vote en masse for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Atiku Abubakar , on Saturday .
It said the region ’ s survival depended on Atiku’ s victory .
The forum’ s President, Dr Pogu Bitrus, made the call at a press conference in Abuja .
Bitrus said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration had failed to protect the people of the region .
He said over 1 , 814 people were killed across 17 states in Nigeria within six months in 2018 .
He said Atiku’ s adoption by various socio- cultural groups including Afenifere, Pan- Niger Delta Forum, Northern Elders ’ Forum, Ohanaeze and MBF was based on a dispassionate assessment of the PDP candidate and Buhari .
Bitrus said the major consideration for the middle belt region was the security of lives and properties of the people .
He said , “ One major consideration for us in this election is the security of lives and properties of the peoples of the Middle Belt region.
“ It is no secret that in the close to four years of the Buhari – led administration , the entire Middle Belt was turned into a vast killing field .
“ According to Amnesty International , within the first four months of the year 2018 , 801 persons were murdered in the Middle Belt alone .
“ The primary responsibility of government as enshrined in Section 14 (2 ) of the Nigerian Constitution , 1999 ( as amended) is the protection of lives and property.
“The Buhari – led administration has failed woefully in that duty and endangered the entire Middle Belt region .
We, therefore , have no hesitation in rejecting him as a candidate deserving of our support in the forthcoming presidential elections. ”