January 27, 2023

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2023 presidency: Tinubu, Atiku in confrontation over ‘Northerners don’t want Yoruba, Igbo’ remark

Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Sunday mentioned the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar will disunite Nigeria if elected subsequent president.

The occasion mentioned this in response to a controversial comment reportedly made by Atiku throughout the Arewa city corridor coverage dialogue in Kaduna Saturday.

In a viral video of the occasion, Atiku mentioned: “What the common Northerner wants is any individual who’s from the North; he doesn’t want a Yoruba candidate or an Ibo candidate.”

 “What the common Northerner wants is any individual who’s from the north and likewise understands that a part of the nation and has been in a position to construct bridges throughout the nation. That is what the Northerner wants, it doesn’t want a Yoruba or Igbo candidate. I stand earlier than you as a Pan-Nigerian of northern origin,” Atiku was reported to have mentioned.

APC faults ex-VP 

Reacting to the assertion in Abuja, APC nationwide publicity secretary, Felix Morka, described Atiku’s feedback as “decisive assault on nationwide unity.”

Morka mentioned: “Our nation doesn’t want this type of extremely inflammable rhetoric now or ever.

“Atiku’s assertion is a decisive assault on our nationwide unity. It’s past the pale for a senior citizen and a former Vice President of the Federal Republic to so overtly instigate strife and disunity in our nation in pursuit of his befuddled political self curiosity.

“However it isn’t shocking coming from a determined and serial failed candidate for the workplace of President. If, as Atiku believes, the common Northerner wants a Northern President now, after a Northern President, when will they ever not want a Northern President? What does Atiku assume the common Southerner wants? Why is it about what the common Northerner wants, and even what the common Southerner may have?

“Why is it not about what Nigeria and Nigerians want? Nigerians want daring and visionary management anchored on a agency dedication to transcendental nationwide unity, over and above ethnic or sectional obsessions. Atiku’s phrases ring loud of utmost and senseless desperation, and such an especially determined man can not and should not be entrusted with an important job of President – a job which core responsibility is that of main, uniting and dealing in the perfect curiosity of all in an ethno-religious pluralistic society as Nigeria. Our nation doesn’t want this type of extremely inflammable rhetoric now or ever.

“What’s much more confounding is that this Presidential Candidate of the PDP has touted himself to be on a mission to unify Nigeria. The cat has lastly been set free of the bag of him that pays lip service to unity whereas working arduous to undermine our nationwide unity. Our Northern residents and patriots know much better than what Atiku thinks, and won’t stroll down that slippery slope with him.

“Evidently, Atiku seeks to inflict on Nigeria discord and strife of a worse sort than he has inflicted on his PDP. In opposition to the dictates of his occasion’s structure on the precept of energy rotation between and North and South of Nigeria, Atiku wrested Presidential Candidacy and left his occasion in fractious incapacity.

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“In direct distinction to Atiku’s schismatic tendency, our Northern Progressive APC Governors stood valiantly in assist of the emergence of a Southern Presidential Candidate of our Celebration in demonstration of patriotic dedication to nationwide unity, fairness and equity. That’s what Nigeria wants, now and ever.

“And that’s the dedication that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our Presidential Candidate brings in his aspiration to function President. As Governor of Lagos State, his government cupboard was a uncommon and admirable reflection of ethnic and spiritual variety.

 “We’re assured he’ll enthrone fairness, equity, inclusion, and unity as working nationwide coverage when elected as President in subsequent yr’s common election, as we urge Nigerians to do.”

 Marketing campaign staff

 Equally, the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Marketing campaign Council (PCC) mentioned  Atiku’s assertion confirmed  his “determined resort to ethnic jingo within the face of imminent defeat” within the forthcoming February 2023 presidential election.” 

The spokesman, Bayo Onanuga, mentioned this  in an digital assertion made accessible to Blueprint Sunday in Abuja.

The assertion mentioned: “The assertion of Peoples Democratic Celebration’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku to the impact that Northerners don’t want a Yoruba or Igbo president is the worst expression of ethnocentric opportunism ever uttered by a former Nigerian Vice President.

“This clearly demonstrates how low a person honoured with the second highest workplace of the Nigerian Structure is keen to sink seeking a perennial wild goose chase after the best workplace within the land.

“It confirms the argument that Atiku has feasted on such base, low cost, primordial sentiments to make use of the plenty and the elite of the North because the ladder to ascend to energy since 1989 with none dividends to indicate.”

“In clear phrases, Atiku who stole the PDP ticket, by an analogous mindset, has forged himself as a northern candidate, who ought to solely be supported by the folks from his area.” 

“We view Atiku’s public declaration which framed him as an ethnic and regional champion as unbecoming for a person who was as soon as a former Vice-President of Nigeria.” 

Nonetheless, the APC presidential candidate’s media workplace affirmed saying “However we’re not stunned by his determined place. Atiku has resorted to whipping up ethnic sentiments, realizing that his possibilities of being elected have turn out to be a mirage.” 

“He has himself, not anyone else, guilty for his anticipated electoral misfortune. First, he broke the basic guidelines of energy rotation in his occasion and the nation. 

“As if this cardinal sin was not sufficient, the PDP candidate has remained defiant within the face of stress by preserving the 2 topmost posts in his occasion for  folks from his area.

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“The Nigerian public now know higher {that a} man who has been campaigning as a so-called unifier of our disparate teams, is a tribal jingoist, who has now completely eviscerated all pretensions to being a detribalised Nigerian,” Onanuga mentioned.

Onanuga  mentioned: “He’s demonstrably the antithesis of a pan-Nigerian politician. Nigerians of goodwill, who every day search a united and affluent nation, ought to reject Atiku and his occasion on the polls subsequent February.

“Atiku solely pays lip service to nationwide unity, regardless of that it options as one of many 5 cardinal factors of his so-called “Covenant with Nigerians. The facade is over, he’s now absolutely bare earlier than the Nigerian folks.”

‘Atiku not talking for the north’

Additionally talking in similar regard, a former aviation minister and one of many PCC spokespersons, Femi Fani-Kayode, mentioned the PDP presidential candidate can’t communicate for the north.

Fani-Kayode described Atiku as “a dying breed who nonetheless sees issues from a regional, ethnic and spiritual prism.

“Nigeria has moved on from that and she or he deserves higher. Our nation won’t settle for an ethnic bigot and tribal champion as their President.

“Atiku Ibn Dubai doesn’t communicate for the North, he speaks for his deluded and blind PDP supporters and his PCC.

“Nigeria doesn’t want a Northern or Southern President, she wants a Nigerian President and Bola Ahmed Tinubu is that President.”

Let’s debate points, Atiku tells APC

However in a press release Sunday by Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe, the previous VP described Tinubu’s ambition as an act of shame to Nigerians and a impolite assault on the integrity of each black nation.

Described the alleged APC’s motion as regrettable, he mentioned: “For the good thing about the harmless public who could be hoodwinked by the same old behaviour of APC in telling a giant lie, what transpired was a direct query to Atiku to handle the Northern viewers on why he must be voted for by the Northern voters.” 

The assertion learn partly: “In answering this query, Atiku began with a joke by addressing the questioner as ‘Mr. Northerner’ which is a veiled criticism of why he restricted his query to the Northern viewers within the first place.

“Persevering with, Atiku defined with no slur, in contrast to the APC candidate would, that what issues essentially the most to the Northern voters is a candidate who has constructed bridges of unity throughout different elements of the nation and never essentially a Northern candidate who lacks the credentials of nationwide unfold and acceptability. 

“These had been the unambiguous remarks of the PDP presidential candidate. However as a result of the APC doesn’t possess any tangible concepts to marketing campaign on for his or her candidate, they resorted to doubtful techniques of diverting public consideration, first, away from the failures of their occasion previously seven years plus and, secondly, to shift consideration away from the embarrassing gaffes of their presidential candidate in his public communication which they steadily draw back from.

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“After all, a failed political occasion and a presidential candidate who can not stand up to 5 minutes of unscripted speech wouldn’t have something tangible to speak about apart from to resort to irritating scavenging like they’ve performed on this case.

“On the identical day when Atiku Abubakar stood agile and cerebral earlier than his hosts on the Arewa Home, the APC candidate whose solely entitlement for president is due to an ethnic identification declare was additionally at a public operate in Kaduna State and publicly embarrassed his host, Governor Nasir el-Rufai, by saying that he mustn’t ponder pursuing increased instructional {qualifications} and likening him to a rotten case that has become a foul scenario.’

“Are we to play to the gallery, we might have rushed to the press to make a foul case for such rotten remarks. We didn’t as a result of we all know that the upcoming election will not be about scoring low cost political beneficial properties, however about guaranteeing that Nigerians have a good deal within the subsequent president that they are going to be electing.

“It’s much more repugnant {that a} man who will not be honourable sufficient to make full disclosure about his elementary schooling data would ask to be elected a president of essentially the most populous Black nation on this planet. 

“The very ambition of former governor Tinubu to aspire to turn out to be the Nigerian chief is a impolite assault on the integrity of each Black nation and definitely an act of shame to all Nigerians.”

Tinubu menace to nationwide cohesion – Marketing campaign staff

Additionally, the previous VP mentioned its flag bearer “is the best menace to nationwide cohesion and democratic norms”.

Former PDP nationwide publicity scribe and a presidential marketing campaign spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, mentioned this Sunday in a phone chat with  Blueprint.

Ologbondiyan, who mentioned it’s the candidate of the APC that higher fits the allegations, described Atiku as a identified image of cohesion, unity and purposeful collaboration.

“If something, Tinubu has been an apostle of regional politics the place ethnicity and division alongside non secular strains are dominant.

“As a matter of truth, his modern politics showcases a blatant disregard for ethnic groupings apart from his.

“Nigerians haven’t forgotten previous elections the place compatriots who didn’t share in Tinubu’s ethnic-based political views and proclivities had been threatened that they are going to be chased into the ocean.

“Neither have Nigerians forgotten the threats of ejection from Lagos on the political opponents of Tinubu and the wanton destruction of electoral supplies in areas the place the previous governor’s occasion wouldn’t do properly. 

“It’s crucial to state that the marketing campaign of calumny in opposition to Atiku however, he’s the pan-Nigerian chief cherished and revered throughout the six geo-political zones of our nation,” Ologbondiyan mentioned.