- Osita wonders how Atiku was thinking of defeating Buhari who had 12 million votes while contesting presidential elections.
- Lauded Atiku for being a true democrat.
The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar allowed himself to be tricked in 2003 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, which quashed his dream of the Presidency.
According to him, whole democrats in Nigeria stood beside him but he regrettably allowed Obasanjo to trick him.
He however commended the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election for toeing the democratic path to validate his presidential dream.
Okechukwu in a statement issued in Abuja, therefore, congratulated President Buhari and commended Atiku for heading to the court, which is the proper democratic channel.
“Atiku proved a true democrat; he had the golden privilege to become Nigerian president in 2003 when over 20 governors, entire democrats and of course, Providence supported him but he fell for the trick of the former president, Obasanjo, and dropped the presidential ticket of PDP then.
“2019 was not his luck, for there’s no way he could have garnered enough votes to beat President Buhari’s legendary 12 million vote-bank. Don’t forget that his restructuring mantra did not resonate well in his immediate geopolitical zone.
“To be frank, Atiku lost his presidency slot in 2003 when over 20 governors and a lot of democrats were behind him. He fell to President Obasanjo’s tricks and lost the presidency,” he claimed.