The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has mocked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to reconcile with the five aggrieved governors.
Naija News reports that Atiku had in a statement on Friday expressed his readiness to mend fences with the governors known as G-5 ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The PDP presidential candidate expressed commitment to negotiate with the G-5 to resolve the crisis rocking the main opposition party.
This development comes after Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Wednesday, while speaking in Bauchi State after meeting with the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, said he and his allies are still open to reconciliation.
Reacting in a statement on Sunday, Okechukwu said the move by the former Vice President to reconcile with the Wike’s group is “medicine after death”, adding that Atiku is not a forgiving politician.
Okechukwu also dismissed Atiku’s late attempt to mend fences with the governors by meeting with General Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) and other retired generals of the PDP.
He said: “The Wike-G-5-Masquerade had bolted. The so-called reconciliation is a kind of medicine after death because it is said that there is no repentance in the grave. I doubt that the Wike I know will recruit 200,000 Special Assistants for Atiku’s victory. The Wike-G-5-Masquerade are aware and experienced enough to appreciate the dangers of the Daggers-Syndrome.
“In the parlance of the Italian Mafia, you cannot pull the Dagger or Pistol and put it back in the holster. You must shoot or you are killed. They know the Atiku’s DNA-Vengeance like most politicians is of high degree. He will never forgive them if he wins. And Nigerian patriots will not forgive Wike-G-5 for pardoning a desperate politician that selfishly breached rotation convention.”
Okechukwu Questions Atiku’s Integrity
Okechukwu posited that the letter written by the Bauchi governor to the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, has also questioned the integrity of the former Vice President.
The APC chieftain stated that Atiku was the cause of the problem in the opposition party after he forced the PDP leadership to jettison the party’s constitution, adding that the issue would be easily swept under the carpet.
Okechukwu said it would be unfair to the southern region for any northerner to think of presiding over the country after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari, a fellow northerner, in May 2023.
He said “This is one of the major headwinds that are blocking his puerile reconciliation with Wike-G-5-Masquerade. Atiku is a foremost beneficiary of the rotation convention in 2018, during the PDP’s presidential primary in Port Harcourt, which Wike hosted. It’s trite law that he who comes to equity will come with clean hands.
“How can he wage a proxy political war against the Bauchi governor? News filtered that Atiku questioned his temerity not to step down like Governor Aminu Tambuwal. This is one of the headwinds which will make reconciliation impossible.
“Thus the movement of the Wike-G-5-Masquerade northwards is afloat, obviously sounding the death knell for Atiku’s ambition.
“Methinks Wike-G-5-Masquerade, which is frantically chasing Atiku because of his infidelity to the south, and the PDP constitution, which is the breach of power rotation between north and south; is driving him into a state of delusion. For the other day, in Arewa Summit, he admonished the north not to vote for Yoruba or Igbo, an unpresidential goof and, in the present instance, distorting the genesis and capacity of the APC.”
Atiku Can’t Unite The Country
Okechukwu also said that Atiku’s failure to ease out Ayu as the PDP chairman in line with his serial promise to the G-5 has cast Atiku’s plan to unite this country in serious doubt.
“Ironically, whilst Atiku is de-marketing the APC as if he has no baggage, the Wike-G-5’s masquerade is extending its fangs northwards the unintended consequence is definitely erosion of Atiku’s victory.
“If Atiku cannot unite his party, curb Peter Obi’s widespread erosion of PDP’s support base nationwide and design how to pick the remaining votes from Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s dominance in Kano, how can he win?” he added.