Days after Babachir Lawal declared the support of northern Christians for Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate, Christian political leaders from the region have disowned the former secretary to the government of the federation.
This was contained in a letter signed by former Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Simon Achuba, former Kogi deputy governor; Albert Atiwurcha; Doknan Sheni; Mela A. Nunge, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Ishaya Bauka, a retired general; Ibrahim Haruna; and Leah Olusiyi.
In an interview with ChannelsTV, Lawal had announced that Christians upcountry were solidly behind Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
According to the group, which is opposed to the Muslim-Muslim ticket presented by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Lawal acted on his own volition and not on behalf of the group.
“Consequently, the decision to endorse a particular candidate and the statement credited to the chairman [Babachir Lawal] are solely the decision and views of the chairman which he is absolutely entitled to but not that of the group,” the statement said.
The northern Christian political leaders noted that it was still carrying out necessary consultations and would make known their position at an interfaith event in the coming days.