Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, has further made case for Atiku Abubakar’s election as Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Omokri during an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday night described the former vice president as a unifier saying that he was quite distinct from the candidates of Labour Party Peter Obi and All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu whom he described as regional leaders.
“Right now, we have three major candidates; Atiku Abubakar is the only national candidate. If you talk about Peter Obi, he is a regional candidate,” he said.
“Our candidate is the only candidate that is not coming from a regional, ethnic, and religious basis. He is saying ‘I am a unifier’. If you look at him, that man is ready. This is a national leader, who is ready to go.”
“IPOB had a sit-at-home yesterday. Obidents and Peter Obi who normally have things to do in the south-east every day, they obeyed that IPOB sit-at-home and this is not the first time.
“Previously, IPOB’s sit-at-home was on Mondays. Obidents obeyed and Peter Obi himself obeyed it. They never had anything on a day IPOB held their sit-at-home. This shows that they are obeying IPOB rather than our constitution.
“If you talk about someone like Bola Tinubu, we saw it on TV and it went viral. In Ogun, when he was giving his basis for contesting this election, he said, in Yoruba, that it is the turn of the south-west. That is the basis — it is already a regional basis.
Omokri added that the PDP presidential candidate has the capacity to move Nigeria away from the “stormy weather”.
Omokri made his remarks as Nigeria for its general elections the following year.
A new president will be chosen by the nation to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, whose term is about to expire.
The PDP, unlike other parties, fielded a Northern candidate, endangering its chances of winning support from the South despite repeated calls for the presidency to return to the South.
The party nevertheless went ahead and chose a vice presidential candidate from Delta State in an effort to redeem its deeds.