APC Christian Leaders  In North Yet To Agree On Presidential Candidate To Support

There were indications on Thursday that Northern Christian leaders of the All Progressives Congress were divided over the endorsement of presidential candidates.

There were reports on Wednesday that a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, endorsed the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

But on Thursday, Lawal, in a statement, denied the report, saying he was supporting the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

However, other members of the group in a statement in Abuja, said although the former SGF was their chairman, he endorsed Obi in his own capacity.


The statement was signed by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; former Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba; Albert Atiwurcha; Prof. Doknan Sheni; Mela A. Nunge (SAN); Gen. Ishaya Bauka (retd.); Prof. Ibrahim Haruna and Mrs Leah Olusiyi.

The statement read in part, “We wish to state that necessary consultations have been concluded and based on manifestly unassailable empirical data, the group is poised to adopt a position which will be made known to the public at an interfaith event to be held very soon.

“Suffice it to say that no one in the group, including the chairman, has been mandated to speak to the public about our position at this material time.

“Based on our modus operandi, our position was meant to be presented to the general public at the event above referred to. That has not changed.

“Consequently, the decision to endorse a particular candidate and the statement credited to the chairman are solely the decision and views of the chairman which he is absolutely entitled to, but not that of the group.

“We hope this statement clears all the queries most of us have been inundated with on this all important subject matter.


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