The Presidency has reacted to the endorsement of the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar by some socio-cultural bodies for the forthcoming presidential elections.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, said the endorsements are irrelevant.
The Lawyers News earlier reported that some socio-cultural organizations including the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and Middle Belt Forum (MBF), endorsed Atiku as their candidate.
According to information made public, they believe Atiku will restructure the country if he emerges president of Nigeria.
However, Shehu noted that the ‘gang up’ by these groups, will have no effect on Buhari’s re-election bid just as it didn’t in 2015.
The statement read: “The Peoples Democratic Party is hiding in the bunker of ethnicity to avoid their inevitable defeat but that won’t change anything.
“The current scenario resembles efforts to stop Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 by the same characters.
“It is an effort to repeat the old experiment that failed is 2015. They failed to stop him from coming to power in 2015 and they will fail yet again on February 16th.
“If all these groups are ganging up against one person, that is President Buhari, it tells you who is the formidable candidate in the election.
“This gang up they forged, one more time will change nothing. It is for the people to decide.”
The Lawyers reports that Nigerians will head to the polls on Saturday, February 16 to cast their votes for their preferred presidential candidate to run the nation’s affairs for the next four years.