PRESIDENTIAL Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar was under attacks for saying that northerners don’t need a Yoruba or Igbo candidate in 2023.
Abubakar at an interactive session with the Arewa Joint Committee on Saturday said, “I have traversed the whole of this country. I know the whole of this country. I have built bridges across the whole of this country. I think what the northerners need is someone who is from the north and also understands the other parts of Nigeria, who has built bridges across the country. This is what a northerner needs. He doesn’t need a Yoruba candidate or an Igbo candidate.”
His comment has been met with criticism on social media, with many slamming him for canvassing for votes along ethnic lines while claiming to be a “unifier.”
A tweep, Dr Hafsatu Danladi, lashed out at Atiku saying, “Nigerians from North to South must reject Atiku Abubakar. We all must unite to save Nigeria from politicians who are willing to destroy us for their selfish political gains.
“Buhari is a Northerner. The North don’t need a Northerner, the North needs a competent leader.”
Another tweep, Chris, said, “Atiku is playing tribal card in the North then playing the “Unifier” card in the South.”
For Festus Keyamo, the presidential Campaign Spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku should quit the race already over his comment.
Keyamo tweeted, “This is the height of desperation & daredevilry on the part of Atiku! This is so horrendous, so horrible & so thoughtless for Atiku Abubakar to use ethnicity to campaign, saying the North does not need a YORUBA OR IBO candidate? My God! Atiku needs to quit the race TODAY!”
For tweep, Emmy King, Atiku’s comment is no surprise. He said, “Please don’t get it twisted. Atiku is married to women from different tribes of Nigeria. That is what he means when he calls himself, a unifier. Know this and know peace.”
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