While a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal had declared support for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, a group coordinated by him has pitched tent with Peter Obi of the Labour Party as its preferred candidate for 2023 poll.
This was contained in a statement released in Abuja on Thursday, indicating that the group comprising some northern Christian politicians had settled for Peter Obi, after a painstaking review and analysis of the alternative presidential ticket holders.
The group said that Peter Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed would ensure justice, equity, fairness and unity of the country.
“As one of the foremost critics of APC’s single-faith presidential ticket and also in difference to those who have patiently waited for our guidance as to where to pitch our tent, after a painstaking review and analysis of the alternative presidential tickets, we now wish to recommend the Obi/Datti presidential ticket.
“We wish to briefly narrate some few reasons among many, why we have endorsed this ticket and recommend it to all Nigerians of good conscience who desire justice, equity and a harmonious co-existence of all Nigerians across tribes, religion and geopolitical regions.
“It is an indisputable fact that the whole of Northern Nigeria is currently mired in several intractable socio-economic problems, due to the activities of several nebulous criminal groups.
“Agriculture, the mainstay of the northern economy, is all but abandoned because kidnappers and bandits have prevented people from venturing out of the safety of their homes,” Mr Lawal was quoted to have said.