- The All Progressives Congress says it will not be deluded by the endorsement of any group from any part of the country
- A spokesperson for the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, notes that the endorsement from any region of the country does not mean the entire people from that region back the endorsement
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed the recent endorsement it got from the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, but noted that it was not carried away with the endorsement.
Speaking at on Wednesday night, January 30, the APC national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said any group can endorse any candidate but that APC would not be deluded on the any endorsement, The New telegraph reports.
The party said the endorsement from any group from any region of the country does not mean the entire people from that region had backed the endorsement.
“The endorsement by Afenifere or any group whatsoever by whatever name so called is welcome. It is within their right to do so but I will also tell you that when Afenifere speaks, APC is not going to delude itself that the entire Yoruba have spoken.," the APC said.
"That is the same stand we took when Ohanaeze Ndigbo endorsed Atiku and pretended to be representing the good people of southeast.
“So, we are not deluded by that. We welcome it. We thank them. We will take it along with us but no individual or group can claim to speak for an entire region in this country."
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has suspended its secretary general, Uche Okwukwu for allegedly misrepresenting the organisation.
A statement by the national publicity secretary of the organisation, Uche Achi-Okpaga, made available to newsmen on Thursday, January 31, in Enugu said the decision was taken at an emergency meeting,
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Achi-Okpaga said that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the organisation had evaluated the conducts of its scribe and found him wanting.
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