A spokesman of the Middle Belt Forum has denied endorsing the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 16 February election.
“There was no time when we came together as a people to endorse Atiku Abubakar as our candidate in the 4th coming elections. Atiku Abubakar is not our candidate and will never be”, said Middle Belt Forum spokesman, Gowon Egbunu.
“Beloved Middle Beltans, take that as fake news and go about your normal business. If there’s a need to endorse any candidate, you will be communicated accordingly”, Egbunu, who is director of media and publications for the forum said.
“This is to clear the air and put the records straight, that, Middle Belt people are honest and highly principled people, who will not sell their conscience for a loaf of bread.
“I watched and listened with regret, one Dr. Bitrus Pogu, the Chairman of Chibok community in Abuja, on Channels Television a while ago, claiming to be speaking for the Middle Belt Forum”.
In a related development, the PANDEF Publicity Secretary, Chief Sara-Igbe Anabs had while reacting to the adoption, stated that at no time did we meet as a body to take that decision.
Similarly, PANDEF Deputy Organising Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Akpanobong dismissed the endorsement, saying that a few members of PDP in the organisation cannot go into mortgaging the coscience of PANDEF in such a clandestine partisanship.
In a statement on Sunday, Atiku Abubakar claimed to have the endorsement of some regional groups such as Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum.