The presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has said that his party is right to field him, a Northerner, as their presidential candidate, saying that the PDP and the APC are two different political parties.
Atiku, stated this on Tuesday while featuring as a guest on Africa Independent Television (AIT) ‘Democracy Today’ programme, monitored by Akelicious
He said that the case should be judged on a party-by-party basis, citing that 14 out of the 16 years of the PDP were governed by southerners.
The former president said it’s unfair for the PDP to produce another southern president at this time.
“Well, unfortunately, you know, the current government has governed in such a way that, you know, our fault lines have become too evident; otherwise, how do you explain, you know, some Nigerians saying, ‘Oh, the next president must be a southerner’?
“Now, we have two political parties, [the] PDP, that governed this country from 1999 to 2015, had more presidents coming from the south; 14 out of the 16 years were governed by the southerners.
“So, PDP has a different trajectory [and] APC has a different trajectory, but some Nigerians have refused to see that; they only see, you know, [that] a northerner is now the president [and] therefore, the next president must be a southerner, which is not fair because the two parties are different, completely different.
When asked if the people of the South-East will accept him since they believe it’s their turn to get the presidency, Atiku said: “Well, I think getting the presidency in Nigeria is not [done] turn by turn; it’s a democratic process and a democratic process that also involves negotiations.
“I said it in the South-East. I said, ‘Look, you don’t get the presidency by protesting; you get the presidency by negotiating, by sitting down with other parts of the country to negotiate’.
“We crafted this constitution and we crafted it in such a way that no part of this country can be a president on its own; you must reach out to the other side.
Atiku will contest next year’s general elections against Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), among others.