Former spokesman to the People Democratic Party, PDP,
Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Campaign Organisation, Segun
Sowunmi, has said that one of the things that took him to Daura, Katsina State,
on a visit to former President Muhammadu Buhari was to know his thoughts about
the possibility of a Nigerian president from the South-East.
He also said he was there for a discussion on the future of
According to him, he visited the former president to learn
from his experiences having served Nigeria for eight years.
Sowunmi recently attracted criticism after sharing photos of
his visit to the former president on his social media account.
The former Atiku’s spokesperson, however, expressed
disappointment over the reception he got from the Obidients after the visit,
insisting he was only trying to broaden the discussion on South-East presidency
His visit to Daura came barely a few days after another
spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign, Daniel Bwala, also
visited President Bola Tinubu.
“I have been seeing for some time now what is going on here,
something was not adding up then I went to visit the President of whom you know
I go to often and I was agonising to him that ‘look Mr, you people can feed
yourself but we can’t feed ourselves.
“So the second thing is that the South easterners are quite
upset with their desire to be president and I said let me go to him and have a
conversation on that, ‘Mr, we collaborated with ourselves to give Yoruba the
Presidency when June 12 happened, are we going to watch the South easterners
struggle and be angry? Do you people have a way of figuring out this thing…?
“We grew up believing that there was one north that can
stabilize the others when they start to quarrel but you’ve lost the whole of
the middle belt, people are dying there. And if you’re running the race you’re
going to lose the northeast because when the North West stands up for election,
the North East backs them, but when the North East stands up for election, you
people pretend as if there’s another alternative discussion.
“These were the kind of conversations I went to have with
the former President. I would have given you answers [I got from Buhari] but
even the Obidients, the Peter Obi people I was trying like let’s broaden the
conversation, let’s broaden the discussion they were down to angry with those
abuses and I was like ‘what’s going on here?’ If everybody wants to be
tribalistic, then I will be tribal too.”
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