Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and a chieftain of the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group Afenifere, has denied that he will back Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, in the 2023 elections.
Falae claimed that he is not currently endorsing any candidates and that he plans to wait until he has read the party manifestos before taking a decision.
The former SGF argued that he was never informed of the Afenifere’s stance on Obi and his Labour Party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Afenifere would be organizing support for the Labour Party candidate, the group’s National Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said on Monday.
Falae claimed that the rumour that he has backed LP presidential candidate is untrue in a statement signed by his Personal Assistant, Captain Moshood Raji (rtd).
Falae emphasized that the South East has never held the nation’s top office but added that there are other criteria to take into account before being elected president.
“It’s not an automatic slot that can be filled without other important considerations, Chief Falae never canvassed or claimed to be supporting Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party for the 2023 race,” he said.
“As a responsible leader, Chief Falae will consider all important parameters, including capacity, experience and proven track record before endorsing a candidate.”