A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal on Thursday, November 24 alleged that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu said campaigning in the southeast was a waste of time and resources during the party’s primaries.
Adamawa-born Lawal made the comment while speaking on a political programme aired on Channels Television.
“During the convention, he didn’t even allow us go the southeast. He said it was a waste of time and money.”
According to him, the APC presidential candidate stands no chance of winning the 2-23 presidential election.
He endorsed the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, but stated that he is still a member of the APC.
Lawal had broke off with Tinubu after the latter announced a Muslim as his running mate for the 2023 polls.
The former SGF and some other APC members had advocated for the appointment of a northern Christian in order to balance the ruling party’s presidential pairing.
2023: Why we’re backing Obi instead of Tinubu – Northern APC Christian leaders
Recall that the Northern APC Christian leaders endorsed Obi as their preferred presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 contest.
The group, in the statement by Lawal seen by Legit.ng, denied endorsing the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, adding that both APC and PDP are more or less the same thing.
2023: Stick to issues, not sentiments – APC chieftain tells presidential candidates
Meanwhile, an APC chieftain, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has warned presidential candidates of the various political parties against further widening the existing gulf and divisions in the country in their race and ambition for 2023.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, the APC chieftain explained that in the quest for power by the candidates, rather than addressing issues that are relevant to our nationhood, the actors have been inflaming the passion of tribal and religious bias among citizens.
According to him, the supporters of the candidates are also driving their campaigns and marketing of their candidates via intimidation, threat, disinformation and blackmail, without any word of caution from their principals.
Imumolen cautions Nigerians on who they vote for in 2023
On his part, Accord Party presidential candidate, Prof Chris Imumolen has declared that only a candidate who is not affiliated with any sect in Nigeria can solve the challenges faced by the country.
Speaking at a youth gathering commemorating International Youth Day, Imumolen said voting right is the only way to ensure that critical issues are addressed.
He also said he has commenced the process of preparing the minds of voters to vote right in the coming election and to educate all and sundry on the kind of personality needed to get Nigeria back on its feet.