Former Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other Christian leaders of the Babachir Lawal led group of Northern Christian leaders have disowned the purported endorsement of Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi as conveyed by Lawal on national television earlier on Thursday.
Dogara and the other leaders including the immediate past deputy governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba in a statement made available to . deposed that while the group has made up its mind on a candidate to endorse, they said that the assertion by Lawal was essentially his own as no one in the group including Lawal who is the chairman has been mandated to speak out on the issue.
The communique signed by Dogara, Achuba was also endorsed by Hon Albert Atiwurch, Prof Doknan Sheni, Mela A. Nunge, SAN, Gen Ishaya Bauka Rtd, Prof Ibrahim Haruna and Mrs Leah Olusiyi.
“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.
“Suffice 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.”
. had earlier reported Lawal as asserting that the group had resolved to endorse Obi based on what he claimed as evidence at the disposal of the group, a claim that Dogara and others now say was hasty and his opinion for now.
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