Former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, says the presidential candidate he is supporting for the 2023 election is Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking recently in a recent interview on Arise TV, monitored by Newsbreak.ng, Prof. Yusuf said although the four leading presidential candidates: Atiku, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) are “honourable men”, Nigeria needs a unifier and an experienced leader, and that person is Atiku.
“The candidate I am supporting is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri of Adamawa,” Prof. Yusuf said.
“This is my reason. This time more than ever before, Nigeria don’t need a rookie. We need somebody who has been there. Somebody who is a unifier, somebody who knows how to listen.”
He added: “They are all honourable men. Kwankwaso is a grassroots mobiliser but he will not win this election. Not this time.
“Peter Obi is a movement. We’ve never seen that in the South. A single person mobilizing them, ‘Obidients’.
“And I’m very happy. You know why I’m happy. Since ‘Obidients’ came on board, the agitation for seccession, the violence, has lessened.
“So we have a politician who has been able to bring these agitating youths into the mainstream politics. Let them see there’s hope. This is wonderful. Is he going to win this election? Not likely.”
Prof. Yusuf was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the head of the NHIS in 2016, but was sacked in June 2019 after a probe panel indicted him of fraud and gross misconduct.
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