Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the People’ s Democratic Party’ s presidential candidate, has come under fire for urging northerners to support him in the 2023 election because he is a northerner.
In reference to Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, all of whom are Yoruba or Igbo, Atiku made the following statement at an interactive session with the Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna on Saturday.
” What the typical Northerner needs is somebody who’ s from the North and also knows that area of the country and has been able to develop bridges throughout the country, ” the PDP flag bearer, a Fulani from Adamawa State, said.
The Northerner needs something like this. A Yoruba or Igbo candidate is not required. In a widely shared video, the former vice president said, ” I stand before you as a pan- Nigerian of northern ancestry. ”
However, the APC, the LP, the New Nigeria People’ s Party, the Yoruba socio- cultural group, Afenifere, the leading Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and civil society organizations have all strongly condemned his comments.
This is taking place against the backdrop of the PDP crisis, which has led to the resignation of five governors and a sizable number of PDP members from the southern bloc from Atiku’ s campaign committee. Some people say that the former vice president’ s statement on Saturday may have broken Section 97 of the Electoral Act.