Nigeria: Prince Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu, the National Coordinator of The Patriots Roundtable, has urged Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, to withdraw from the (presidential) race.
He made such demand in light of Abubakar’s statement where he urged Nigerians to vote for a northern candidate and disregard any candidate coming from the south.
In a statement, Shodipe-Dosunmu described the PDP candidate’s remarks as outrageous, “a nasty faux pas of the worst order.”
His statement read as follows:
“Yesterday (on Saturday), the PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar who falsely claims to be a unifier, urged the people of Nigeria to vote for a northern candidate and disregard any candidate from the south.
According to him, “This is just putting it mildly. In reality, Atiku posited that both Yoruba and Ibo candidates are unreflective of the Nigerian Union.
He claimed, “This is outrageous, a nasty faux pas of the worst order.”
In the opinion of Shodipe-Dosunmu, “The presidential candidate’s unguarded vituperation is a sad descent into ethnic laager, a shameless and blatant celebration of narrow parochial preachment.
In his opinion, Nigeria is a nation of multi-ethnic groups, and the political statement of Atiku has done enough damage to stack him out of the presidential race.
Prince Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu believes that, the representative of the people’s democratic party has stacked himself up there as the defender of a supergroup.
He believes Nigeria does not need a divisive candidate. He is selling his tribal origin as the only marketable tool to win the presidency.
Prince Uthman terms it as sickening and unacceptable.
Thus, he has urged Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar to pull out of the presidential race.
He stated, “In a state where the nation is struggling with a crisis, a leader must unite his people. In this respect, Atiku has failed himself, his party and this nation. Hwe urged Atiku to apologize and withdraw from the race immediately.”
Nigeria is hosting their presidential elections in the upcoming year, 2023.