Osita Okechukwu, Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), has warned Nigerians to not fall into the trap of Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who he said is desperate to gain power and rule the country.
The director criticised Atiku in a statement on Tuesday where he addressed journalists in Abuja, calling for the people of Nigeria to “be reticent” stating that the politician’s bid to become president was driven by hysteria.
In an ARISE NEWS interview on Wednesday, Mr. Okechukwu, who is a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused Atiku of breaching the rotation convention among geo’political zones in Nigeria, thus discrediting him from making a statement on the recent issue of the president’s Chicago certificate fiasco.
He stated that the presidential candidate had no moral standing to criticize the President and pleaded that the political parties not “heat the polity” of the nation.
“We all know each other. Mr. President is not new to us. We know him. These issues have been on the table for decades. And if anyone knows Mr President it should be Waziri of Adamawa (Atiku). When they joined us in partisan politics in the late 80s, they belonged to a patriotic front, a political association back then canvassing for registration. And it was headed by General Musa Shehu Yar Adua of blessed memory.
“They were brothers, they knew each other as political friends from the same political family.
“What I’m saying is that looking inwards, the day they breached their own practised constitution, and denied the south of a candidate, that was the day their own crisis started.”
He raised concerns that the crisis might chase away investors.
“There is anti-democratic headwind and storm in our subregions. We need to collectively move on, we will get there but we cannot get there by heating our polity and keeping us uneasy.