Abubakar Atiku, the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, has urged Nigerians not to hope for a miracle in light of Peter Obi’s decision to switch parties to run for office in 2023.
Atiku stated this while speaking on Arise TV on Friday, noting that he does not expect the Labour Party to take a smash vote from the PDP as people suggest.
He pointed out that this could have been shown at the recently finished Osun State governorship election.
“What is the performance of the Labour Party? This is a party that does not have a governor; doesn’t have members of the national assembly; doesn’t have state assembly members.
“Politics in this country depends on your structures at these various levels – at the local government level, at the state level, and the national level. So, it is very difficult to expect a miracle to happen simply because Peter Obi is in the Labour Party,” he said.
“After all, they said through social media they have more than 1 million votes in Osun State. But how many people turned out to vote for the Labour Party,” he added.
Atiku asserted that 90% of Northerners are not active on social media.
Speaking further, the presidential candidate said his major disagreement with the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in 2007 was over Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Atiku described the Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC as “unwelcoming and unripe for Nigeria as a democratic state.”
He said, “I have always opposed Muslim-Muslim tickets. I don’t believe this is ripe for countries like Nigeria. There should be balance.”
Atiku rejected the suggestion that Kashim Shettima’s selection as Tinubu’s running mate would hurt his prospects of winning the North-East in the 2023 presidential election.