A former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Prince Kassim Afegbua, has warned that the desperation for power by the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, may destroy Nigeria’s unity.
Afegbua said that with Atiku’s desperation for power against the run of play that a Southerner should succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, the PDP presidential flagbearear had inflicted more grievous injuries on “an already fragile situation that may implode in no time.”
The former Edo information commissioner and ex-chieftain of the PDP stated that “Atiku’s aspiration will not only ruin the conversation for national peace and stability, it will provoke new thought-process that could signal the end of a united Nigerian.”
Afegbua further accused Atiku of hijacking the opportunity of the South to produce the next president for Nigeria, warning that the consequences of his action won’t be palatable for the country.
His statement further read, “The politics of 2023 is gradually becoming a piece of drama scripted by desperate politicians who feel a sense of entitlement to the inner sanctuary of Aso Villa, the seat of government. The opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP) ought to be the saviour but for fielding Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, it has wittingly hurted the conscience of the nation, its unity, cohesion and power sharing agreement. After 8 years of a Buhari presidency, a Nigerian of Northern extraction, it will amount to a Democratic sacrilege to cede power to another Nigerian of Northern extraction, from the same ethnic stock as President Buhari. Such reality will erode the very fragile unity and peace in the land, and may snowball into another war of attrition between the North and the South.
“The reality of the situation made the APC Northern Governors to rise to the occasion by ensuring that the ruling party’s ticket was given to a Southerner. Under a democracy, the concept of balancing the factors in both power acquisition and distribution is very fundamental to stabilise the system. In all plural societies, the nation-states must be adequately carried along with a sense of inclusion to birth the required stability. What Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has done with his desperation for power is to infringe injuries to an already fragile situation that may implode in no time. Atiku Abubakar’s aspiration will not only ruin the conversation for national peace and stability, it will provoke new thought-process that could signal the end of a united Nigeria.
“The deliberate attempt to shortchange the chances of the South within the PDP by agents of political gluttony, can only drive our collective aspiration to the Golgotha if care, commonsense and diplomacy are not deployed. All those who are fanning the embers of an Atiku presidency for their selfish end, would soon realise the danger it portends for the unity of the country. We must realise that democracy flourishes in an atmosphere of stability and tranquility. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had an opportunity in 2019 in line with the requirements of zoning enshrined in the PDP constitution, but he bungled it. After he abandoned the party and ran away to Dubai, he has no business buying his way to represent the party in 2023. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar cannot surreptitiously hijack the opportunity of the South because of his vaulting ambition. At 77, there is nothing edifying about his capacity and capability. He should be told to stop this deliberate hijack of the Southern opportunity. It will haunt us now and in the future.”