A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Josef Onoh, has backed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to become the next president in 2023.
In a statement on Tuesday, Onoh said he is supporting Tinubu to emerge as the next President because he has a detribalized nature, has non-religious extremism and has national political clout.
Onoh added that the decision to support Tinubu is based on the call made by the Southern Governors, which comprised of both PDP and APC governors, that the Presidency should be zoned to the South.
He said: “Let me give you a brief fact about Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, hence I’ll sail and sink with his presidential ambition without regret and I urge all sincere southern governors irrespective of party affiliations to stand by Jagaban”.
“He was first to break the master plan machinery of elections rigging in Nigeria thereby helping to reclaim South West states lost mandates from PDP. Tinubu was also the leader who started the Telecommunication revolution in Nigeria through Econet before it became a national success in the telecom sector.
“Tinubu was the first politician to start Economic Summit, and this speaks about the visionary sagacity of the man. He pioneered the Treasury Single Account (TSA). This was later adopted by the Federal Government with much success. He was about to put an end to the electricity problem by starting the Independent Power Project in partnership with Enron in Lagos state. If not for Obasanjo and PDP government that forced him to give up the power to the national grid, there wouldn’t be the problem of electricity in Lagos state by now.
“Bola Tinubu was the first Governor to involve Nigerians from other states to work and become officials of Lagos state government; He was the first and last Governor who governed his state for years without the full Federal Allocation from Abuja. He brought innovation to education when he began to appoint Pupils who excelled academically as Acting Governors of Lagos.
“I am still in PDP and I will defend to the end the position of the southern governors in their meetings, particularly the one they held in Enugu. The situation in the country does not require playing along religious lines besides, Tinubu’s liberalism on religion clearly shows his wealth of experience, but any Southern candidate that can deliver on the mandates of the southern governors is more important to me. This is not an anti-party affair but for the greater good of Nigeria.”
Onoh stated that he will not be supporting the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, due to the fact that he is a Northerner and the presidency should have gone to the South.
The PDP chieftain added that he will vote for all the party’s candidates in his home state of Enugu.
He said: “I do not have a problem with Atiku if it was zoned to the north, but I will not support an Atiku presidency because he was not part of the agreement that the southern governors reached.
We cannot say that we want to be president and turn around to play second fiddle, to accept the vice presidency. The issue that the southern governors presented for inclusive government are the issues that every southern should be looking at.“