Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Dr Babachir Lawal, has denied joining the opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to settle scores with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s controversial Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election.
In the statement issued on Wednesday, Lawal said he would rather quit active politics on May 29, 2023, when President Muhammadu Buhari would have completed his second term in office.
He clarified that his visit to former vice president and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to condole him on the death of his Personal Assistant was misconstrued as defection to the opposition party.
“It has just been brought to my notice that I have defected to the PDP. This is not true. This is fake news.
“Just like other politicians including some in the APC, I visited VP Atiku yesterday to condole with him over the death of his PA and I noticed some people took my pictures. I suspect this fake news must have originated from this episode.
“Despite our being in separate political parties, Atiku and I are like brothers and I am always warmly received in his home.
“I am still a member of the APC and have no plans to leave it for any other party. In fact, I am considering leaving party politics altogether so as to remain an elder statesman.
“I had joined politics just because of President Muhammadu Buhari and will therefore have no further motivation to remain so after 29th May, 2023.
“I find the pleasure and comfort of my farms more attractive and rewarding,” Lawal’s statement read.