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I NEVER ENDORSED ATIKU -Kukah

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Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah, has said he never endorsed presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Abubakar Atiku, for the Presidency in 2019 elections.

Kukah said in a statement that he only facilitated the reconciliation meeting between Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and his former vice, Alhaji Atiku Abukakar at the former president’s home in Abeokuta, Ogun State, last Thursday.

According to him, the endorsement of Atiku by President Obasanjo was only circumstantial to the meeting he brokered to settle the long-standing quarrel between both personalities, with no politics in mind.

Obasanjo had last Thursday hosted Kukah, Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, and founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, and some top politicians and civil rights activists at his residence in Abeokuta.

He said the meeting was initially planned for just three persons- himself, President Obasanjo and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, noting that it was further expanded by Chief Obasanjo who invited Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide and Sheikh Gumi. Kukah said he was not, however, comfortable with the fact that more people were invited for the meeting which he had been working on for a long time.

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