- A spokesman for the Middle Belt Forum, Gowon Egbunu, says the forum never endorsed Atiku Abubakar
- Egbunu referred to the development as fake news; stating that Atiku is not the forum’s candidate and that the people of the Middle Belt would not sell their conscience for a loaf of bread
- Atiku had previously stated that he had been endorsed by some regional groups including the Middle Belt Forum
- The presidential candidate promised to run a properly federated Nigeria through constitutional reforms and promote an inclusive country
The purported endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by the Middle Belt Forum, has been denied by a spokesman for the forum.
Gowon Egbunu, the director of media and publications for the forum, stated that there was no time at which Atiku was endorsed, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he referred to the development as fake news.
He said: “There was no time when we came together as a people to endorse Atiku Abubakar as our candidate in the forthcoming elections. Atiku Abubakar is not our candidate and will never be.
“Beloved Middle Beltans, take that as fake news and go about your normal business. If there’s a need to endorse any candidate, you will be communicated accordingly.”
He went further: “This is to clear the air and put the records straight, that, Middle Belt people are honest and highly principled people, who will not sell their conscience for a loaf of bread.
“I watched and listened with regret, one Dr Bitrus Pogu, the chairman of Chibok community in Abuja, on Channels Television a while ago, claiming to be speaking for the Middle Belt Forum.”
Atiku, in a statement released on Sunday, February 3, had claimed to have received the endorsement of some regional groups such as Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum.
The candidate referred to the endorsements as “a loud statement that there is hope for our country as we go to the polls in a few days”.
He continued: “Today we put aside all our prejudices to elect a president with religion and ethnicity playing no role in our elections. I profusely thank our leaders across the country who have created this wonderful moment for us to come to the table of brotherhood.
“Once again, and in the words of our old national anthem, we can proudly sing: ‘Though tribes and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we stand’. I have been chosen to unite our people and exactly that I will.
“I will run a properly federated Nigeria through constitutional reforms to bring out the best from all sections of Nigeria to make Nigeria work again like in the past when the Saudi royal family came to Nigeria to access Medicare.
“We will promote an inclusive Nigeria based on productivity that every section of Nigeria will bring out the best under their soil, and in their brain to make Nigeria assume its position in Africa and the global community.
“It would be 100% for every section of Nigeria as I would not understand any arithmetic outside that.
“I enjoin our people across Nigeria to come out en-mass to vote on February 16 to pull our country from the brink and propel it to greater heights so we can live a better life. Take my words as a covenant with Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) rubbished the endorsement of the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar by leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta forum, the Middle Belt Forum, and a faction of Afenifere.
In a statement made available by Festus Keyamo, director, strategic communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, on Sunday, February 3, the ruling party alleged that the endorsement of Atiku was orchestrated by PDP sympathizers.
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