By Yemi Oyeyemi, Abuja
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, has clarified that he would never support the presidential ambition of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
He claimed that Atiku’s ambition will not fly because it will amount to transition of government from one Muslim Fulani President to another Muslim Fulani President and would be the worst form of Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The former SGF warned that Atiku’s having his way would represent ethnic domination by one ethnic group over others.
Babachir Lawal reaffirmed his commitment to the actualisation of the ambition of the Labour Party candidate, Mr Peter Obi, in the 2023 general elections.
The reaction of the former SGF was provoked by a trending news that he has abandoned Peter Obi to work for Atiku.
In a statement released on Monday in Abuja, Babachir Lawal dismissed the news insisting that he would not support any Fulani person that may undermine Nigeria’s unity through religion or ethnicity.
The statement reads in part “I have just seen a trending news that I have abandoned Peter Obi to work for Atiku Abubakar.
“There is nothing farther from the truth as this. I have never contemplated joing PDP since its formation as I view the PDP has the worst form of a collection of oligarchs and reactionaries.
“Besides, I find myself every year battling fulani herdsmen determined to have their animals invade my farms and eat-up my crops every year.
“This is aside from their determination to takeover the ancestral farmlands of my kinsmem as they do everywhere in the North. All these they do in a cavalier manner while their elite kinsmen dominant in the government keep mute.
“Moreover, I view a transition of government from one Muslim Fulani President to another as the worst form of Muslim-Muslim ticket. It also represents ethnic domination by one ethnic group over others.
“I remain a Peter Obi diehard. Any news to the contrary is fake news”, the statement said.