Promoting ethnic, divisive presidential race: Damage Atiku seeks to control (+video)

Atiku Abubakar

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, unravelled as ethnic, divisive and desperate scrambler for the position of Nigeria’s presidency in 2023.

Atiku Abubakar, who has always claimed to be a unifer of the Nigerian people, especially members of the PDP, put a lie to his claim when he reportedly advocated northern support for himself as a northerner and heavily discounted any such support for Yoruba and Igbo presidential candidates.

The PDP candidate’s reference to Yoruba and Igbo candidates readily brought both Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Mr Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party, LP, into contemplation and at the receiving ends of his (Atiku’s) resort to ethnicity in desperate search for electoral advantage.

A video clip doing the rounds on the social media has now clearly shown what Atiku Abubakar said at the interactive session with the Arewa Joint Committe in Kaduna on Saturday.

Atiku Abubakar was heard in the video urging northerners to vote for him as their own and to reject Yoruba and Igbo candidates.

He said he was a bridge builder and that he was a pan-Nigerian of Northern extraction.

In an apparent move to control the damage caused by Atiku Abubakar’s seeming gaffe that portrayed him as ethnic, divisive and desperate, his Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, spun a narrative centering on the pan-Nigerianness of his boss (Atiku).

Ibe had, in a statement that he issued on tbe Kaduna outing, reported that Atiku Abubakar said that the credential of national inclusivity, not ethnicity should be an ideal that the northern part of the county should examine in electing a new President for the country in the 2023 elections.

According to the statement, the PDP standard bearer made the remarks when he was featured as a guest at the Arewa Joint Committee interactive sessions with various presidential candidates of political parties on Saturday in Kaduna.

Atiku reportedly noted that with a political career that spanned more than three decades, he stood shoulder-high as a northerner who had built bridges of unity across the country.

Atiku said, “I have been in politics for more than three decades and I am a northerner. So, if you ask me why I am the best candidate to lead Nigeria in 2023, I will simply say that what Nigeria needs is a pan-Nigerian President, not whether he is Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa-Fulani.”

The exact words Atiku Abubakar uttered on the occasion are captured in the video clip produced hereunder.

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