This online news platform understands that the statement was a reaction to his endorsement by leaders of five top socio-cultural organisations in the country.
It was learned that the five organisations that endorsed Abubakar were the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and Middle Belt Forum (MBF). The organisations said Abubakar has shown that he will restructure the country if given the mandate.
A day after the news broke the Middle Belt Forum issued a statement debunking ever endorsing the PDP Presidential candidate.
Spokesman of the Middle Belt Forum, Gowon Egbunu, said there was no time the region endorsed the former Vice President and alleged that the man who represented the Middle Belt forum is from Borno State, North East Nigeria.
Egbunu said Dr Bitrus Pogu who stood for the Middle Beltans is the leader of the Chibok Community in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
His words: “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”, Egbunu said.
“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.
“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,” the statement added.
Source: Naija News