PDP now a third force, resorting to ethnic dog-whistling – Analyst

Atiku not eligible to contest for president - Malami

A political analyst, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro has slammed the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar over his advice to the Northerners ahead of the 2023 general election.

Atiku had while speaking at an event in Kaduna declared that, “What the average Northerner needs is somebody who’s from the north and also understands that part of the country and has been able to build bridges across the country.

“This is what the Northerner needs, it doesn’t need a Yoruba or Igbo candidate, I stand before you as a Pan-Nigerian of northern origin.”

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said on Sunday that by Atiku’s utterances, he had finished whatever was left of the PDP.

“I find it very weird and disappointing that an elder statesman and a presidential candidate, in the person of a one-time Vice Presidential candidate of Nigeria could mount the podium at a public function and play such an ethnic card.

“I’m worried that at such a time Nigeria is seeking for a unifier, Atiku is further pushing the country into disintegration; he has shown that he lacks the capacity to lead and unite this country.

“His ambition has already destroyed the PDP and pushed it from number one to third if not fourth force. Now, he wants to bring the same division into the affairs of the country. We ask Nigerians to say no by rejecting him stoutly at the polls,” he said.