OBJ’s Backing Of Obi Reinforces Atiku’s Innermost Mind – ZAP

L-R: Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate; former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Datti Baba Ahmed, Obi’s running mate in the forthcoming presidential election

By NewsBits

The Zikist-Aminu Kano Pariots (ZAP) has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, as a reiteration of his former Vice, Atiku Abubakar’s original stance on the 2023 presidency.

Reacting to a recent observation by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential spokesman, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, ZAP’s spokesman, Dr. Steve Igweze, said Obasanjo’s choice of Obi resonates with Atiku Abubakar’s belief that 2023 was the turn for Southeast to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor. And that it’s unfair for Fulani to succeed Fulani in a multi-ethno-religious country.

And, repeating the stance of PDP PCC in a television programme, Aniagwu had noted: “It was not Atiku that made the zoning open to people to just go and contest. In this case, there was a contest between the South and the North, and Atiku was considered by members of the party as the man capable of leading Nigerians out of the woods.

“In our quest for peace we have allowed the danger of the single story to persist. Atiku Abubakar was interested in micro zoning to the Southeast, but it was the same Nyesom Wike that frustrated it because he wanted to contest.”

While commending Chief Obasanjo for his patriotism and statesmanship, ZAP maintains that the former president and his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, have shown that they know that proper power rotation is the correct thing to do to sustain Nigeria’s unity and stability.

ZAP’s spokesman, Igweze, said PDP presidential campaign council’s attempt to dismiss Obasanjo’s endorsement of Obi should be seen as a self-serving after- thought. He stated: “For us in the Zikist-Aminu Kano Patriots, Obasanjo’s endorsement is in fulfilment of Alhaji Atiku Abubukar’s innermost mind on micro zoning the 2023 Presidency to the Southeast, before some unpatriotic elements selfishly pushed him to use his Dubai-Machiavellian war-chest to jettison equity, fairness in the PDP Presidential Primary, which created G-5-Wike Masquerade albatross.”

On claims by some PDP political merchants that the party’s choice of Atiku was a smart move to win the Presidency with or without Obasanjo’s endorsement, ZAP said it was impossible for PDP and Atiku to pull the northern votes as they contemplate.

According to Igweze, northern voters are among the most sophisticated electorate in Nigeria, they know Atiku and don’t trust him, stressing, “If anybody thinks that Atiku will harvest President Buhari’s 12 million Vote-Bank, it is null and void.

“The North doesn’t trust Atiku, the high tuition fees at his Adamawa University is not pro-poor, as such he does not represent the progressive social welfarist tendency of the north. The northern voters know Atiku as an unsmiling capitalist, a Wharf Tax Collector, like his counterpart, the Lagos Tax Collector.”

Expatiating on the Wharf Tax Collector and Lagos Tax Collector aphorisms, Dr. Igweze narrated how Atiku’s main wealth source is from Intel, a logistic company based at the Wharf, just like Tinubu’s Alpha Betta is Lagos Tax Collector.

Igweze noted that 2023 is for the Talakawas, the suffering Nigerian youths and masses, pointing out that ZAP, like elder statesmen Obasanjo, Pa Adebanjo, TY Danjuma, and host of silent patriots are afraid of any Tax Collector to preside over Nigeria now, because our economy is prostrate and in a Cliff-hanger.

He underscored former President Obasanjo’s remarks that, “Most of us in good conscience can testify to competence when we see any anywhere. What is masqueraded as ‘competence’ is self-interest and nepotism.”

Dr. Igweze therefore reminded journalists that the gale of endorsements by statesmen and nationalists of Obi, shows that the coast is clear for Obi’s victory, remarking that Atiku is merely swimming against the tide.

“Nobody can deny that Rabiu Kwankwaso has massive votes in Northwest. Kwankwaso, in spite of all the Dubai-Machiavellian lobby, will not play the Aminu Tambuwal betrayal by stepping down. We are happy that President Buhari has serially assured the international community and Nigerians of free, fair, and transparent 2023 presidential election.

“In addition, contrary to false media narratives, the APC Northern Governors Forum are not supporting Atiku and that keeps the Buhari Vote-Bank beyond the Dubai war-chest,” ZAP stated.

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