2023: Former SGF Babachir Lawal dumps Bola Tinubu, declares support for Atiku Abubakar

2023: Former SGF Babachir Lawal dumps Bola Tinubu, declares support for Atiku Abubakar

Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said that the northern Christian caucus of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), would vote for Atiku Abubakar, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, in the general election of 2023.

In an interview with the BBC, Lawal said, “PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) discussed with us, and they agreed to do what we want if we support them, and we agreed to support them.”

Lawal, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), claimed he disagreed with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, over the latter’s selection of Kashim Shettima, a Muslim, as Tinubu’s running mate.

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APC Christian leaders from the North, including Yakubu Dogara, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, denounced the decision as “satanic” and part of a larger plot to perpetually subjugate Christians in the region.

Lawal said in a BBC interview that he and other party members helped Tinubu win the APC presidential party primary without realising that Tinubu had secret plans to run with a Muslim mate as his vice.

“I am not for Bola Tinubu now. I am not for a Muslim-Muslim ticket. ”

He explained that Bola Tinubu had refused to go with them because “he chose where he wants to go” and that they had warned him that they would not support a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

As a result of the APC’s decision to field a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket, Lawal predicted a loss to the PDP from the region’s Christian voters.

The ex-SGF has stated that he and other disgruntled party members are willing to support the opposition party, PDP, because it is fielding a Muslim-Christian ticket and is ready to listen to their concerns.

When asked to describe the marginalisation of Nigeria’s Christian minority in the country’s northern regions, Lawal said: “You see the problem of the northerners, if you say you are a Christian, it is difficult for us to get a job.

“You see, of the 27 universities in the North, there are only two Christian VCs, and of 27 polytechnics, there are only two Christian rectors. That’s Federal, but not to talk of State-owned.”

Nonetheless, Lawal insisted that he would stay in the APC despite the insults, provided that his principal, Muhammadu Buhari, does not leave the party.

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