As the 2023 general elections gather momentum, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has criticised a statement credited to the presidential candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar as repulsive act of desperation capable of causing disunity in the country.
The former vice president on Saturday at the Arewa town hall policy dialogue in Kaduna, stated that what the average Northerner needs is somebody who is from the North, and the person doesn’t need a Yoruba Candidate or an Ibo Candidate
“Atiku’s statement is a decisive attack on our national unity. 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.”
He submitted that Atiku is on a desperate voyage which is deemed to fail like his previous attempt at the plum office.