The presidency has described as immaterial, the endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar by some socio-cultural groups in the country.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu in Abuja, dismissed the position of the groups, adding that the PDP was only hiding in the bunker of ethnicity to avoid its inevitable defeat.
The current scenario, according to Garba Shehu resembles efforts to halt Buhari in 2015 by the same characters which failed, noting that it will equally fail this around.
“The People’s Democratic Party is hiding in the bunker of ethnicity to avoid their inevitable defeat but that won’t change anything.
“They failed to stop him from coming to power in 2015 and they will fail yet again on Feb. 16.
“If all these groups are ganging up against one person, that is President Buhari, it tells you who the formidable candidate in the election is.
“This gang up they forged, one more time will change nothing. It is for the people to decide,’’ he said.
The official spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Festus Keyamo, had also frowned at the endorsement of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by the groups.
Keyamo said “those endorsing Atiku are angry because President Buhari has chosen to relate with the masses directly and not through them, as middlemen’’.
It will be recalled that Five socio-cultural groups including the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and Middle Belt Forum (MBF) had on Sunday endorsed PDP presidential candidate for the forthcoming presidential candidate.