”If they really want to know the choice of Nigerians they ought to go the streets in Jos, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Katsina and Kaduna to make their statistics.”
Apparently disappointed by the decision of the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF) to support the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar, the Labour Party (LP) has faulted the move, describing it as a ”purchased endorsement” that is out of sync with reality in the north.
Recall that the NLCF, which is made up of mainly christian leaders in the All Progressives Congress (APC), endorsed Atiku few days ago for the 2023 presidential election, describing him as the best for the country.
This is coming after one of its prominent members, Babachir Lawal endorsed the presidential candidate of the LP, Peter Obi.
Reacting to the endorsement, the spokesperson for the LP Presidential Campaign Council, Tanko Yunusa, asked the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other members of the forum to seek the opinion of northern christians on the street, adding that they would realize that their choice does not echo the position of many Christians in the North.
Yunusa said: “With reference to Dogara and his political party members, they should go and do the public opinion of the Christians in the north, they will be amazed that what they had was an elitist endorsement, and you can never compare the score that was already generated by them with the result that they would get in the general public of the Christendom in the north.
“I make bold to say that the population in the north, especially the Christians and other tribes, have unequivocally made their endorsement, and they will vote for Peter Obi, not the purchased endorsement that the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum has just granted.”
Speaking further, Yunusa argued that whatever yardstick the group used in choosing their candidate is grossly statistically and empirically incorrect, maintaining that if they really want to know the choice of Nigerians they ought to go the streets in Jos, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Katsina and Kaduna to make their statistics.