The Presidency has described as irrelevant the reported endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the February 16 general elections by some socio-cultural groups in the country.
On Sunday, five socio-political groups: Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Middle Belt Forum (MBF) and a faction of Afenifere endorsed Atiku for the forthcoming presidential candidate.
Malam Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, in a statement in Abuja, dismissed the position of the groups, saying that the PDP was only hiding in the bunker of ethnicity to avoid its inevitable defeat.
Shehu said the current scenario resembles efforts to stop President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 by the same characters which failed and it will equally fail this time around.
“The current scenario resembles efforts to stop Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 by the same characters. It is an effort to repeat the old experiment that failed in 2015.
“They failed to stop him from coming to power in 2015 and they will fail yet again on Feb. 16.
“If all these groups are ganging up against one person, that is President Buhari, it tells you who the formidable candidate in the election is.
“This gang up they forged, one more time will change nothing. It is for the people to decide,’’ Shehu
Also Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), the official spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, had frowned at the endorsement of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar by the groups. He said those endorsing Atiku are angry because President Buhari has chosen to relate with the masses directly and not through them, as middlemen. ff