The Labour Party has declared that the endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other members of the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum was purchased.
Recall that a splinter group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Northern part of the country led by Dogara had on Friday announced the endorsement of the former vice president as their preferred presidential candidate for the forthcoming February elections.
Dogara and some Northern Christians had fallen out with the ruling party following its choice of a vice presidential candidate.
The Northern Christians and some of their Muslim brothers had kicked against the decision of the party to field a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 election.
Reacting to the endorsement, Dr. Tanko Yunusa, the spokesperson for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign, claimed that northerners, particularly Christians had already chosen Peter Obi as their preferred candidate.
He challenged Dogara and other members of the group who endorsed Atiku to asses the opinion of the common Northerners, stressing that the majority of the people had opted for the former governor of Anambra State.
He said, “I make bold to say that the population in the north, particularly the Christians have unequivocally made their endorsement, and they said they will be voting for Peter Obi, not the purchased endorsement that the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum has just granted.”