Special Assistant to Atiku Abubakar on Digital Media strategy, Demola Olarenwaju, has said the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the pan Nigeria agenda that curb the prevailing crisis in the country.
In an interview, Olarenwaju said the present administration has shown so many nepotistic tendencies and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is looking for his turn to continue the spread of nepotism, adding that is why he is preaching the “Emilokan” style of politics.
He called on Nigerians to choose Atiku over the other candidates because many of them are campaigning on regional and ethnic agenda, adding that only Atiku has the what it takes move Nigeria out of its present predicament.
According to him: “What we have now in Nigeria is a situation where ethnic differences are at the fore. I understand those kind of tendencies after the APC regime. Which some have said has been quite nepotistic.
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“I also understand that a lot of people feel that is their turn to also have a chance. Atiku Abubakar is someone who believes in Nigeria as a whole, he has been consistent. He is a believer in the Nigeria project. The other candidates can best be described as regional candidates and that is why you have that Emilokan tendency from Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Atiku’s ideology, although has been misunderstood by some persons, but it is clear. He has basic ideologies. one is private sector participation. He’s going to partner with the private sector to make things work in Nigeria. Now the problem over the years has been that the federal government is overburdened. The federal government is in charge of everything from security to everything basically on the exclusive list. So Atiku Abubakar coming in is to ensure you have devolution of powers.”
Speaking on Atiku’s chances Olarenwaju said from history 2023 presdiential election is similar to that of 1979 election where there was Alhaji Shehu Shagari on the platform of the NPN, and Obafemi Awolowo on the platform of the UPN, and Nnamdi Azikiwe on the platform of the NPP. Then also had fringe parties. You had Aminu Kano on the platform of PRP and Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim on the platform of GMPP.
“Now, wherever you have two strong candidates coming from the south, that means the vote from the south are divided. I know initially some people thought that with Peter Obi’s emergence on the platform of Labour Party would be a minus to the PDP, but again, it’s a minus to the candidates from the South because those from the South East might have decided to go with Bola Ahmed Tinubu based on the agitations from the South.”
“On the other hand we are confident that despite the presence of someone like Senator Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso in the race that most of the north will vote for Atiku Abubakar.
“It is not a question of voting for him because he’s from the north. But voting for him because his ideas have proven to be the ideas that Nigeria needs. Atiku’s ideas are the ideas that can take Nigeria forward.
“Atiku is a National brand, he is the only one out of all the candidates who has been tested on a National level before, he ran for election in 2007, in 2019. So there is no household were Atiku’s name is not known. So we believe this time around we will have an edge.”