Babachir Lawal, an ally of All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, has declared support for opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar.
This is as Lawal insists he is still a member of the APC.
“I am not for Bola Tinubu now. I am not for a Muslim-Muslim ticket,” he said, maintaining his opposition to the APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.
“It is Bola who did not want to go with us, he chose where he wants to go, and we told him that we will not vote for him if he did a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“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.
“PDP is fielding a Muslim-Christian ticket, with Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate while Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State is his running mate.
Babachir also said he and other aggrieved APC members declined to work for the Labour Party despite the latter’s persuasion for them to do so.
“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.
Babachir complained that the ‘discrimination’ shown to Christians in the North is too much for them, “and you still went ahead to do Muslim-Muslim ticket; that is double blows on us.”
“I will not look for him (Bola Tinubu). We have a place to go and a place to stay. But he didn’t look for us.
“If he sees that he will win the election, let see how he will win the election.”
Lawal, a former secretary to the federal government, exited the cabinet unceremoniously following accusation he inflated contract and awarded same to companies in which he had business interest. A court has since dispensed with the fraud suit, acquitting Lawal of the alleged offences.