Eight members of the aggrieved APC Northern Christian Leaders disagree with President Babachir Lawal over the endorsement of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
They announced their position in a statement on Friday.
The eight members are former House Speaker Yakubu Dogara; Former Deputy Governor of Kogi State; Simon Achuba; Albert Atiwurcha; Doknan Shen; Mela A. Nunge, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Ishaya Bauka, retired general; Ibrahim Haruna; and Leah Olusiyi.
They said that they have not accepted a candidate yet.
According to them, although the consultation is over, the announcement will be made at an interfaith event that will be held soon.
They pointed out that the previous statement released by its president, Mr. Lawal, represents his personal view and not the group as a whole.
Mr. Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in a statement on Thursday described the election of the former governor of Anambra State as a departure from the old order. According to him, APC and PDP are the same.
According to the eight members of the group, no one, not even the president, has been ordered to speak on behalf of the group.
“We would like to state that the necessary consultations have been completed, and based on undisputed empirical evidence, the group is ready to take a position that will be made public at an interfaith event very soon.
“Suffice it to say, no one on the team, including the president, has any mandate to speak publicly about our position at this time.
“Starting from our modus operandi, it was to present our position to the general public in the event mentioned above. That hasn’t changed.
“Consequently, the decision to endorse a particular candidate and the statement credited to the president are the president’s absolute discretion and opinions, but not the group’s,” the statement said.
The group is opposed to the Muslim/Muslim ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC). tinubu ballA Muslim from the South-West, as a presidential candidate and Kashim Shettima, a Muslim from the North-East, as a candidate.
Ever since Mr. Shettima was announced as the APC vice presidential candidate for the 2023 election, the group has publicly rejected his choice.
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