A Northern leader, Musa Saidu has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, not to drop Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as running mate.
Giving his reasons, Saidu, who is the Coordinator Arewa Initiative for Peaceful Coexistence in southern Nigeria and Leader of Arewa in the South, said Okowa is a very cultured man and has never insulted the North.
According to Saidi, those talking against Okowa as running mate lack electoral values, describing them as “cash and carry politicians.”
He said: “Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku should not drop governor Ifeanyi Okowa under any threat Okowa is a very cultured man. He has never insulted the north . He has never called the north beggars. Those talking against governor Okowa as running mate lack electoral values, many of them are cash and carry politicians.“
Saidi added that Igbo politicians making unpalatable political statements from Abuja should first go back to the east to test their popularity with the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB).
He said: “Some Igbo leaders are in Abuja making all kind of unpalatable political statements. They should first go back home to test their popularity with IPOB to see if they enjoy acceptance among their people. Many of them are political traders. We saw how they voted against their own at presidential primaries of All Progressives Congress, APC.and the PDP This is why they will never go home because they know their people already know them as betrayals.
“We see unknown gunmen beheading politicians in the east and dropping their heads by the road side. Let these ones calling themselves leaders go home first before Nigerians can take them serious. Yoruba politicians are talking from their base , Lagos, Ibadan and other Yoruba areas , northern politicians are talking from Kaduna and other northern states but these Igbo politicians are in Abuja talking. Go home to test your popularity with IPOB.”