- The Middle Belt Forum said it has not endorsed Atiku Abubakar for president
- The group said the faction that made the endorsement did not consult all members
- Gowon Egbunu who is the publicity secretary said if there is need for any endorsement, it will be made public
A faction of the Middle Belt Forum has denied report that it endorsed Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for president.
The Nation reports that in a statement by the group on Tuesday, February 5, by its director of media and publicity, Gowon Egbunu, it said it never came together to make any endorsement.
The Middle Belt Forum had reportedly aligned with other socio-cultural groups of its kind in endorsing the candidature of Atiku in the February 16 presidential election.
Other socio-cultural groups that announced their endorsement of Atiku after a joint meeting in Abuja, were the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Northern Elders Forum, Pan Niger Delta Forum and a faction of the Afenifere.
Egbunu said it would never endorse Atiku and would make its endorsement public if there was any.
He said: “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 with regret as one Dr. Bitrus Pogu, the Chairman of Chibok community in Abuja, on Channels Television, claimed to be speaking for the Middle Belt Forum.
“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. If there is a need to endorse any candidate, you will be communicated accordingly.”
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Meanwhile, the United States ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has called for peace during the February 2019 general elections, adding that Nigeria must move out en mass to perform their civic duty and make sure that their votes count.
Symington made this known on Tuesday, February 5, during a video broadcast, which was also published on the verified official Twitter handle of the US.
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