He also warned that even if witches and wizards endorse the presidential hopeful, it would only lead to defeat for him. It may be recalled that five socio-cultural groups, including the Northern Elders’ Forum, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan Niger Delta Forum and Middle Belt Forum had, on Sunday, endorsed Atiku for the forthcoming presidential candidate. But while the Coalition of United Political Parties describe Atiku’s endorsement as “a fatal blow to President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid,” taking to his verified Twitter handle, @FemAdesina, on Monday, the president’s aide had tweeted: “NEF, PANDEF, Afenifere, others endorse Atiku. Let witches and wizards also endorse, if they like. The harder they come, the harder they fall. No beating the Nigerian people.” Earlier, another presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja had dismissed the position of the groups, saying that the PDP was only hiding under the cloud of ethnicity to avoid its inevitable defeat. He recalled that the ongoing endorsements were reminiscent of efforts to stop Buhari in 2015 by the same characters, saying that the efforts failed that and that it will also fail this time.]]>

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