The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has asked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to drop his presidential ambition in 2023 so as to uphold the unity of the country.
The National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council, Igboayaka O Igboayaka made the call while speaking with newsmen on Monday, March 21 in Owerri, Imo state capital.
Igboayaka frowned at what he described as “the undue desperation of Atiku Abubakar to pick the presidential ticket of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP”.
Igboayaka reacted to the the meeting which Atiku Abubakar held with PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, saying any plan to cede the party’s ticket to the former Vice President or help him realize his ambition would instigate Nigeria’s disintegration.
Igboayaka who quoted Atiku Abubakar to have said “that PDP can’t afford to lose 2023 Presidency”, insisted that the latter ought to know that “if PDP dares give him ticket in 2023 against Southeast aspirants, the party will lose the election.
He said; “Atiku Abubakar should go to the history line of PDP formation from G34 led by Dr. Alex Ekwueme before it became a political party, to ascertain that Southeast has paid the ultimate sacrifice in PDP more than any other zone in Nigeria”.
He reiterated that Southeastern people contributed in the formation, building, and sustenance of the PDP as the biggest party in Africa.
Hear Igboayaka; “Atiku Abubakar’s call to contest in PDP is a call to jeopardize 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 Southeasterner 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.
“It’s derogatory that Atiku Abubakar boasted how he used Ben Obi and Peter Obi as running mates, 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.
“Atiku Abubakar must awaken his human consciousness and realize that among the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, Southeast gave him the overwhelming highest vote, which led the present administration of president Muhammadu Buhari to nick-name Southeastern people 5%.
“Therefore, it is historical that Atiku Abubakar and PDP family is owing the Southeastern people a reciprocation gratitude in 2023 presidential election’.