The All Progressives Congress has said it is not bothered by the threat by a chieftain of the party and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Babachir had in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday vowed to ensure that the APC failed in its bid to win the presidential election in 2023 for fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
According to the former SGF, the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, offended many Christian leaders in the party when he settled for a Muslim running mate after using them to win the primary.
He said, “I am not for Bola Tinubu now. I am not for a Muslim-Muslim ticket. It is Bola who did not want to go with us; he chose where he wanted to go, and we told him that we would not vote for him if he did a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“PDP discussed with us and they agreed to do what we want if we support them and we agreed to support them. You see the problem of the northerners, if you say you are a Christian, it is difficult for us to get a job.”
Reacting, the spokesman for the APC campaign council, Festus Keyamo, said he did not see how Lawal, who could not win his constituency in previous elections, planned to stop Tinubu.
He said, “We wish him luck. He has a right to make a decision. But as the campaign team of the party, we have moved on. He is just entitled to just one vote.
“I don’t know anything about his followers. But that didn’t even help him to win his constituency in the 2015 and 2019 elections.”
As of the time of filing this report, Tinubu’s media officer, Tunde Rahman, and APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, could not be reached for comments.
Meanwhile, the PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, has welcomed Babachir’s support for Atiku.
According to Ologunagba, the position of the former SGF is a vindication of the PDP’s stand that APC has nothing to offer Nigerians.
The spokesman for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Babachir’s declaration of support for Atiku “will mark the beginning of movement by other APC chieftains” into the PDP ahead of the elections.
This article was updated 1 month ago