Osita Okechukwu, director-general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), has said that the northern Christians will not vote for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Cable reports that Okechukwu made this disclosure while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday, July 31st.
He said the APC will change whatever is not working in the country if the party wins the 2023 elections.
“Our first slogan in APC is change. Our mantra is change. We will not remain static, never. We will change whatever is not working. All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party, the PDP.”
Osita added that:
“Regarding the northern Christians’ outrage over APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket; if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku, my answer is ‘capital NO’. No matter what, they know he is bringing nothing new to the table.
“But I know that in the fullness of time, contrary to the speculations of spin doctors, they would not vote for the former vice-president. “Find out. Northern Christians do not trust Atiku. They know his cherry-picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention. They also know his ambivalence on religion, as demonstrated in the late Deborah’s imbroglio in Sokoto, which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian.
Okechucku further alleged that Atiku breached the rotation agreement of the opposition party.
He opined thus:
“They are fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and, painfully, by extension, of the PDP’s constitution. If he fails as in 2019, the rotation convention goal post must be shifted.”