The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has said it has not endorsed any presidential aspirant for the 2023 General Elections.
The National Secretary of MACBAN, Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
It would be recalled that the convener of a meeting of MACBAN members at the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute, Abuja, Ya’u Haruna had on Sunday said the group would adopt Tinubu as its candidate.
Ya’u Haruna, a one-time chairman of MACBAN in Jigawa state, said Tinubu remains the leading candidate.
“He was the one that intervened in our matter while he was governor of Lagos, and we had a crisis in Benue. Tinubu came all the way, got us on a round table and reconciled us, so, someone who could do this at that time, we believe can do more when he is at the helm of affairs.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, Ngelzarma said the association respects the aspirations of all presidential aspirants, and said it is not yet time to single out an individual for support.
He said “the attention of the MACBAN National Headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.
“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate.
“Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals, as MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.
The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Monday, Jan. 10, formally informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his presidential ambition in 2023.
Tinubu, who spoke after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the State House, Abuja, said though he made his intention known to the president, he would continue to consult with Nigerians.
He dismissed the assertion that”a kingmaker cannot become a king”, saying he would like to take over from President Buhari in 2023 to continue with the good works of the ruling APC.