BREAKING: Atiku is a Tribal Jingoist, stole PDP ticket from South – Tinubu opens up


The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar is a ‘Tribal Jingoist’.

Tinubu’s comment is coming a day after footage of Atiku campaigning in the North went viral on social media.

The Adamawa born politician was heard telling Party faithful that the North does not need a Yoruba or an Igbo President only a Northern one. The video has drawn widespread condemnation.

Tinubu, in a statement on Sunday, signed by his Director, Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, added that Atiku’s ‘Tribalism’ was the reason why the PDP was in crisis. He stated that Atiku has refused to persuade the national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu to resign because he is also from the North.

The PDP’s zoning arrangement stipulates that if the Party chairman is from the North, the Presidential candidate will come from the South.

This is the reason why Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike alongside 4 other governors have refused to participate in Atiku’s campaign.

The statement read; “The statement of Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku to the effect that Northerners don’t need a Yoruba or Igbo president is the worst expression of ethnocentric opportunism ever uttered by a former Nigerian Vice President.”

“This clearly demonstrates how low a man honoured with the second highest office of the Nigerian Constitution is willing to sink in search of a perennial wild goose chase after the highest office in the land. It confirms the argument that Atiku has feasted on such base, cheap, primordial sentiments to use the masses and the elite of the North as the ladder to ascend to power since 1989 without any dividends to show.”

“Doubling down in his now infamous speech, Atiku said: “What the average Northerner needs is somebody who is from the north and also understands that part of the country and has been able to build bridges across the country.”

“This is what the Northerner needs, it doesn’t need a Yoruba or Igbo candidate. I stand before you as a Pan-Nigerian of northern origin.”

“In clear terms, Atiku who stole the PDP ticket, by a similar mindset, has cast himself as a northern candidate, who should solely be supported by the people from his region. We view Atiku’s public declaration which framed him as an ethnic and regional champion as unbecoming for a man who was once a Vice-President of Nigeria.”

“But we are not surprised by his desperate position. Atiku has resorted to whipping up ethnic sentiments, knowing that his chances of being elected have become a mirage.He has himself, not anybody else, to blame for his expected electoral misfortune. First, he broke the fundamental rules of power rotation in his party and the country.”

“As if this cardinal sin was not enough, the PDP candidate has remained defiant in the face of pressure by preserving the two topmost posts in his party for people from his region. The Nigerian public now know better that a man who has been campaigning as a so-called unifier of our disparate groups, is a tribal jingoist, who has now totally eviscerated all pretensions to being a detribalised Nigerian.”

“He is demonstrably the anti-thesis of a pan-Nigerian politician. Nigerians of goodwill, who, daily, seek a united and prosperous nation, should reject Atiku and his party at the polls next February.”

“Atiku only pays lip service to national unity, despite that it features as one of the 5 cardinal points of his so-called “Covenant with Nigerians”. The facade is over, he is now fully naked before the Nigerian people.”


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  1. This is a lie statement accredited to his Excellency our incoming president ATIKU ABUBAKAR 2023 by the grace of GOD.

    1. Auwal Tukur, If you cannot read or write at least you should be able to hear (at least, I hope so). Go and listen to your devil saying these things with his own mouth. You have chosen to follow and defend a divider and not a Unifier and you are an enemy of Nigeria.

  2. I am not a member of APC and I do not support Tinubu Shettima at all – NO. NEVER. But this Atiku is much worse than Tinubu. A man who would say this blatantly without regard for the rest o the Country I telling us clearly that he has much worse in store. Anyone who votes for this man (that includes his wives and children) is an enemy of Nigeria.

  3. Am very much disappointed in Atiku for making such a dealt tribal statement, this why Nnamdi KANU and Hus IPOB group is saying is better let every nation in Nigeria stay on their own

  4. As far as the average Nigerian is concerned Atiku Abubakar will never be a president of this country. We had always known that he is selfish, greedy and without human feeling.

  5. S
    Atiku is exposing himself as an ethnic jingoist indeed, he cornered PDP presidential primaries, national championships campaign director all to the North,.He applauded the gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel to pls his Muslim fellows

  6. The kettle calling pot black,he stole d south ticket by buying it by money and u too bought it with money also,king maker that want to become king.God of heaven will disgrace two you because of d masses of Nigeria

  7. Concerned Nigeria, make sound Judgment over this: APC candidate is a Muslim and picked a Muslim vice, but provided succour to Christians attacked in Owo, Ondo State. PDP candidate is another Muslim trying to replace another Muslim and that is 16 years for Muslim (if he should win in a country that is evenly distributed between Muslims and Christians), he mocked the lynching of Deborah Samuel (Yet he preaches religious tolerance and calls himself a Unifier). Now X-ray his latest comment that denigrates Igbos and Yorubas. Obi is standby”. Now tell me who do you think God will like his children to support?

    1. The devil you knew is better than the angel you are expecting with probability, the better choice among the two Moslem Presidential aspirat is the southern Moslem ,who is not a Fulani Fanatic and ready to work together with Christian unlike the Fulani counterpart.

  8. Atiku is a tribal jingoist, and tinubu is a religious jingoist too, u are committing the same sin as Atiku, and you are here shouting “crucify him”
    Atiku has refuse to give south south presidential ticket or party chairmanship, and you tinubu u are weak, sick , very old and have refused to back down on ur Muslim Muslim ambition,
    Both of u deserve the same treatment , no votes for the both of u, FOOLstop.

  9. Nigerians are prefer it More than Muslim, Muslim presidential ticket, Nigerians tribals is not a single language, why can APC presidential candidate bola Ahmed tinubu can not pick chirstian as a running mate, Nigerians are more interested atiku Abubakar More than bola Ahmed tinubu, for Nigeria presidency

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