The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as desperate over his comment earlier on what average northerners want in the 2023 general elections.
APC in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday through its National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Felix Morka said the former Vice President would rather disunite the country rather than bring about unity as he has claimed in his many declarations. Naija News understands that Atiku had during the Arewa town hall policy dialogue in Kaduna on Saturday, declared that “What the average Northerner needs are somebody who is from the North; he doesn’t need a Yoruba candidate or an Ibo candidate.” Atiku said in a viral video of the event. Reacting in a statement on Sunday, APC National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Felix Morka, said what Atiku said was a decisive attack on national unity. The ruling party said Nigeria does not at the moment need someone like Atiku whose statement it considers a decisive attack on the nation’s national unity. APC said: “It is beyond the pale for a senior citizen and a former Vice President of the Federal Republic to so brazenly instigate strife and disunity in our country in pursuit of his befuddled political self-interest. “But it is not surprising coming from a desperate and serial failed candidate for the office of President. If, as Atiku believes, the average Northerner needs a Northern President now, after a Northern President, when will they ever not need a Northern President? What does Atiku think the average Southerner needs? Why is it about what the average Northerner needs, or even what the average Southerner may need? “Why is it not about what Nigeria and Nigerians need? Nigerians need bold and visionary leadership anchored on a firm commitment to transcendental national unity, over and above ethnic or sectional obsessions. Atiku’s words ring loud of extreme and mindless desperation, and such an extremely desperate man cannot and must not be entrusted with the most important job of President – a job whose core duty is that of leading, uniting and working in the best interest of all in an ethnoreligious pluralistic society as Nigeria. Our country does not need this kind of highly inflammable rhetoric now or ever.”
Atiku Has Let The Cat Out Of The Bag
The ruling party said further that the PDP presidential candidate who has been parading himself as a unifier has finally let the cat out of the bag with his ‘unfortunate’ statement. “Our Northern citizens and patriots know far better than what Atiku thinks, and will not walk down that slippery slope with him. “Atiku seeks to inflict on Nigeria discord and strife of a worse kind than he has inflicted on his PDP. Against the dictates of his party’s constitution on the principle of power rotation between and North and South of Nigeria, Atiku wrested Presidential Candidacy and left his party in fractious disability,” the statement said. It added: “In direct contrast to Atiku’s schismatic tendency, our Northern Progressive APC Governors stood valiantly in support of the emergence of a Southern Presidential Candidate of our Party in demonstration of patriotic commitment to national unity, equity and fairness. That is what Nigeria needs, now and ever. “And that is the commitment that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our Presidential Candidate brings in his aspiration to serve as President. As Governor of Lagos State, his executive cabinet was a rare and admirable reflection of ethnic and religious diversity. “We are confident he will enthrone equity, fairness, inclusion, and unity as operating national policy when elected as President in next year’s general election, as we urge Nigerians to do.”
This article was originally published on Naija News