The Northern All Progressive Congress (APC) Christian Leaders have distanced themselves from a viral report that says they endorsed Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate as their consensus candidate.
Reacting to a statement credited to the Chairman of the group, Babachir David Lawal, that the group is supporting Obi against the Tinubu/Shettima presidential ticket, they said Lawal is only entitled to his opinion but his views do not represent that of the group.
In a statement jointly signed by the eight members of the group, including a House of Representatives former Speaker Yakubu Dogara and a former Kogi Deputy Governor Simon Acbuba, the group said no one, including the chairman, has been mandated to speak to the public about their position.
The statement titled: ‘RE: Dogara, Babachir Lawal-led Northern APC members dump Tinubu, declare support for Peter Obi’, reads: “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 referred to above. 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 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.”
Others, who signed the statement are: Albert Atiwurcha, Prof Doknan Sheni, Mela A. Nunge (SAN), Gen Ishaya Bauka, Prof Ibrahim Haruna, and Mrs. Leah Olusiyi.