By Uchechukwu Okoroafor
I had the opportunity, maybe as a writer and publisher to check into the official site of Former Vice President and 2019 Presidential Candidate of the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP (Atiku: My Thoughts and Opinions @atiku.org).
It was mind-blowing and thought provoking, as I read through most of the ideologies uphold by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Such views as: Why Nigeria needs to be re-structured, How jobs, stronger economy can unite Nigerians, stem sectarian strife, For the love of Nigeria, Restructuring for A United and Progressive Nigeria, None of us is as great as all of us, The political and economic imperatives of restructuring the Nigerian federation, Strength and Unity in Renewal: Towards a Rebirth of Nigerian Federalism, Nigeria shall overcome, Restructuring Nigeria For Greater National Integration And Democratic Stability, Beyond Terrorism: Education and Sustainable Development.
As a Journalist, who is guided by the ethics of the profession, which include objectivity, I am obligated ‘to say as it is’.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a vote. He has a vote among the oppressed/segregated, he has a vote among the elites, he has a vote among the educated, he has a vote among the non-educated, He has a vote in the North, He has a Vote in the South, and He also has a vote in the East.
Atiku Abubakar’s pedigree seems to fit the picture of a versatile politician with great political clout and influence across all the geopolitical zones in the country. He seems to have built over the years, a wide range of solid bridges of understanding and comradeship among politicians of varying degrees of persuasions and ideological inclinations. He is favourably disposed to restructuring the polity and broad minded enough to appreciate the need for making personal sacrifices when circumstances dictate so. He is familiar with the political terrain, consistent and focused in his quest to assume the mantle of leader- ship of Nigeria.
By his actions and utterances, he is a truly detribalized Nigerian, not given to primordial cleavages to his ancestral heritage like most Nigerian politicians. Of course, the greatest hindrance to attaining true nationhood since Nigeria’s independence has been our politicians’ penchant for advancing ethno-religious agenda with its divisive tendencies rather than pursuing common national goals for the collective well-being of Nigerians.
In terms of geopolitical grouping, sensible and moderate religious affiliation and populist appeal across all strata of the Nigerian society, Atiku seems the most strategically positioned to wrench power from the incumbent President. Hence, a vote for Atiku represents a Rebirth of New Nigeria, where tongues and tribes may differ but in brotherhood we stand.
…One People One Voice