2024: Omokri Doubts Obi, Atiku Alliance

Reno Omokri, a former presidential assistant, stated that the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, the Nigeria Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kankwaso, and former Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai will not pursue the presidency with Peter Obi in 2027.

Omokri stated this in a statement via his X handle on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Obi met in Abuja with Atiku, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, and Sule Lamido, Jigawa’s former governor from 2007 to 2015. The encounter between the two politicians was their first since the general elections ended last year. The meeting’s details were not immediately revealed.

However, Omokri stated that no northerner in his right mind would accept to compete for the presidency in 2027 alongside the former Anambra State governor. Omokri questioned Obi’s reunion with Northern PDP powerbrokers, stating that “right now he is tainted.”

He said, “Have you forgotten about Deborah Samuel? Of course not. The memory is still fresh in your mind, primarily because you are a Christian and you empathise with her, seeing as she was killed by a core Northern Muslim mob on charges of blasphemy.

“Now, perform this emotional intelligence exercise. If you cannot and will not forget Deborah Samuel, how do you think any Muslim, Northern or Southern, is going to forget a man who was caught on tape plotting religious war against you? How?

“The North Remembers is not just an episode from the television series, Game of Thrones. It is an actual way of life of Northern Nigeria. They have the memory of an elephant.

“They read al-Quran, which warns them about such people, who are referred to as Munafiq. You know how sensitive religion is in Nigeria. And then you think the Muslim Ummah will forgive and forget Peter Obi’s words? Peter Obi will be 63 in six weeks. People don’t change when they are that old.

“Especially when Peter Obi has never owned up to the tape and apologised. Instead, when asked three times by Charles Aniagolu if that was him on the tape, Obi dodged the question.

“And then you combine his Yes Daddy tape with his jumping from one church to the other, shouting, ‘Church, take back your country,’ and you think Muslims are that naive as to forgive such a man?

“As for South-South votes, Obi will not get them in 2027 or be able to influence their direction. As long as Tinubu delivers the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, or at least comes very close to completion.

“Yes, people will agree to meet with him out of courtesy. Some will do so to explore if they can get him to give them his bloc vote. But no Northerner standing in his right mind will run with Obi. Not Waziri Atiku, Rabiu Kwankwaso, or Nasir-El-Rufai.

“For Arewa, you can touch the North and be forgiven. But you cannot touch Islam and be forgiven.”

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