Several regional socio-cultural groups across Nigeria including Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum have endorsed the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 Presidential elections.
The groups came together in at a meeting held at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, on Sunday. At the meeting themed ‘Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders’, the groups said they were endorsing Atiku because he possesses the intelligence, capability and knowledge to lead Nigeria.
The groups noted that they came to the decision after meeting with different presidential candidates in the past months. The groups accused President Buhari of dividing the country rather than uniting it while asserting that the President had lost control of the government.
Participants in the meeting include Chief Ayo Adebanjo of Afenifere, Chief John Nnia Nwodo of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Pogu Bitrus of the Middle Belt Forum, Malam Ango Abdullahi of the Northern Elders Forum, Chief Edwin Clark of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, and Buba Galadima.
President Buhari, who is the All Progressives Congress candidate, also has the endorsement of an Afenifere faction, led by Chief Ayo Fasanmi while the suspended general secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, also drummed support for the president.