The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential nominee, Atiku Abubakar, has come under fire from Nollywood actor and leader of the Labour Party (LP), Kenneth Okonkwo, over a recent statement.
During an interactive session with the Arewa Joint Committee on Saturday in Kaduna State, Atiku reportedly claimed that Northerners should support him because he is a Pan-Nigerian of northern ancestry who has established bridges throughout the nation. NewsReport gathered.
According to him, Northerners do not need any Yoruba or Igbo candidate as president of the country.
He had said: “What the average Northerner needs is somebody who’s from the north and also understands that part of the country and has been able to build bridges across the country.
“This is what the Northerner needs, it doesn’t need a Yoruba or Igbo candidate, I stand before you as a Pan-Nigerian of northern origin.”
Nigerians Must Reject Atiku
Reacting to the development in a statement on Saturday, Okonkwo said Atiku has shown that he is an ethnic bigot by openly telling Northerners not to support candidates from the South during the 2023 election.
The actor noted that Southerners who are considering Atiku’s promise to hand over to them are dreaming because the former vice president believes that power must remain in the North.
He wrote: “Atiku Abubakar has shown how ethnically bigoted he is by openly urging Northerners not to support any Yoruba or Igbo, candidate
“Isn’t it hypocritical that this great disuniter traveled all the way to London to prostrate for Wike from South South for his support yet telling the Northerners that they don’t have to support Igbo or Yoruba candidates but only Northern candidates?
“Ignorant Southerners who are considering Atiku because of his lies that he will hand over power to a Southerner are dreaming. He believes that power must remain in the North permanently as he can be seen telling Northerners that they need only Northerners.
“The truth is that the North does not need a corrupt bigot. What it needs is a Pan-Nigerian candidate that will transform the vast arable Northern land from consumption to production to ensure food security and the industrialisation of the North. The North is yet to recover from the trauma of the incompetent APC led by a Northerner. Nigerians must reject Atiku comprehensively”