Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and some other aggrieved leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in the North, have distanced themselves from former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, over his support for Peter Obi – presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
The group, in a statement jointly signed by Simon Achuba, Albert Atiwurcha, Prof Doknan Sheni, Mela A. Nung, SAN, Gen Ishaya Bauka (Rtd), Prof Ibrahim Haruna and Mrs Leah Olusiyi on Thursday, said it was was yet to endorse any presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 polls.
The statement which was in a reaction to a story titled : ‘Dogara, Babachir Lawal-led Northern APC Members Dump Tinubu, Declare Support For Peter Obi’, read in full “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 which 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 soley 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 querries most of us have been inundated with on this all important subject matter. ”