A group under the auspices of The Middle Belt Patriotic Front (MBPF) has berated the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) over what it described as its indecision in endorsing a presidential candidate in the forthcoming presidential election billed for Saturday 25th, 2023.
The group described the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi or the LP as hanky-panky by SOKAPU, saying that the move is to sound politically correct despite all the people of Southern Kaduna had gone through over the years.
In a statement made available to Middle Belt Times on Thursday signed by its Secretary General, Mr Iorwuese Samuel, the group said SOKAPU is playing safe at a time the entire nation is at the verge of a make or mar decision.
The statement came at the heel of a press conference held at the SOKAPU national secretariat in Kaduna where the sociocultural organization alongside the Southern Kaduna Leadership Forum adopted Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi as presidential candidates for Saturday’s election.
The statement reads in part;
“We at the Middle Belt Patriotic Front are not only disappointed but shocked and heartbroken by SOKAPU’s endorsement of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.
“SOKAPU’s position contradicts the earlier position of the Southern Middle Belt Forum which adopted Peter Obi as candidate for the Southern and Middle Belt regions in the forthcoming presidential election.
“It is unimaginable that Southern Kaduna will be attempting to be politically correct at such a critical moment despite all the region had suffered in the last decade.
We are of the view that there is no justification whatsoever for such action as other groups across the Northern parts of the country have boldly endorsed their preferred candidates without mincing words or trying to be politically correct.”
Recall that SOKAPU and the Southern Kaduna Leadership Forum on Thursday afternoon endorsed both Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, a decision that has left many people from the region confused as to what such endorsement entails in reality.
Many have taken to their social media pages to question the decision of the group which has been in the forefront of championing the cause of the region in decades.