Yakubu Dogara, a former House of Representatives speaker, and other members of the Northern All Progressives Congress, APC camp have denied rumors that they have endorsed Obi-Datti for president in advance of the general elections of 2023.
In a joint statement, Simon Achuba, Hon. Albert Atiwurcha, Prof. Doknan Sheni, Mela A. Nunge, SAN, Gen. Ishaya Bauka Rtd., Prof. Ibrahim Haruna, and Mrs. Leah Olusiyi announced the dismissal.
Recall that the Chairman of the group and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, had said the group has endorsed the Labour Party presidential candidate, Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.
According to him, Obi was endorsed, after painstakingly reviewing and analysing the alternative candidates.
Dogara and other group members, however, have backed away from the endorsement, claiming that they still have consultations to wrap up and that their position will be made public.
He said, “We want to draw the attention of the general public to the recent position canvassed by our Chairman, Engr B D Lawal as the position of our Group. 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 that will be made known to the public at an interfaith event to be held very soon.
“Suffices 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,” he added.
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