A group in the South-East has described the presidential ambition of a former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as a threat capable of splitting the country.
The group, while alleging that Atiku’s ambition to contest under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will interrupt the unity and peace of Nigeria, warned the former vice president to drop his presidential ambition so as to uphold the unity of the Nigerian nation.
They also claimed that such move will lead to national political disaster, anarchy and tribal crises that will sink Nigeria.
The leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, led by Igboayaka O. Igboayaka stated this shortly after Atiku held an interactive consultation with state secretaries of the PDP across the 36 states and the FCT and the Forum of Former Presiding Officers of State House of Assembly.
Igboayaka, who frowned at what he described as “the undue desperation of Atiku Abubakar to pick the presidential ticket of the PDP,” threatened that over 50 million Igbo youths will the bury PDP.
Leaders of the socio-cultural youth organization of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, while reacting to the meeting of Atiku Abubakar with PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), over his presidential ambition, described it as a call that would instigate Nigeria’s disintegration.
Igboayaka who quoted Atiku to have said “that PDP can’t afford to lose 2023 Presidency” stressed that, “if PDP dare give him tickets in 2023 against Southeast Aspirants, the party will not just lose the election, but it will be an evidential call for total disintegration of Nigeria.
“Atiku should go to the history line of PDP formation from G34 led by Dr. Alex Ekwueme before it became political party, to ascertain that Southeast have paid the ultimate sacrifice in PDP more than any other Zone in Nigeria”
Speaking further, he reiterated that south eastern people had contributed in formation, building, as well as sustaining PDP as the biggest party in Africa.
According to him, “Atiku’s call to contest in PDP is a call to interrupt the Unity and Peace in Nigeria and such move will lead to National political disaster, anarchy and tribal crises that will sink Nigeria.
“If PDP denies a south easterner presidential ticket, the only thing over 50 million Igbo youths must ensure is to keep Nigeria one by massively voting APC Presidential candidate from Southeast, and no PDP office/flag from ward level to state level will stand erect in Southeast. We’ll fight PDP like Yakubu Gowon did to keep Nigeria one.
“PDP must avoid using Atiku Abubakar, Aminu Tambuwal and other selfish presidential Aspirants that are not from Southeast to disintegrate or cause Nigeria her national unity” Igboayaka maintained.
“It’s derogatory that Atiku Abubakar boasted how he used Ben Obi and Peter Obi as running mate, Atiku Abubakar should know that if any Nigerian desires to see Nigeria as the ‘Giant of Africa’ as proposed by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Zik of Africa, then it’s high time he dropped his presidential ambition and support a credible and competent presidential aspirant from Southeast to build the Nigeria of Zik vision” Igboayaka stated.
“Atiku Abubakar must awaken his human consciousness and realize that among the Six geo-political Zone in Nigeria, Southeast gave him the overwhelming highest vote, which led the present administration of president Mohammadu Buhari to nick-name south eastern people 5%. Therefore, it is historical that Atiku Abubakar and PDP family is owing the South eastern people a reciprocation gratitude in 2023 presidential election’, Igboayaka said.”