Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu has said former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s attack on President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s non-inclusion of Igbos in his transition committee is a demonstration of crocodile tears.
Atiku, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had in a statement decried the absence of any Igbo on the membership list of Tinubu’s transition committee.
Reacting to the observation, Okechukwu said Atiku’s attempt to play the advocate for Igbo interest amounts to shedding of crocodile tears.
He stated that Atiku brazenly breached the zoning arrangement in PDP and the zoning convention of president from north to south and vice versa.
Okechukwu noted that Atiku’s betrayal of Ndigbo during the PDP Presidential primary election was the deepest and unkindest cut.
“I make bold to state that the former Vice President had long lost the moral high ground to parade himself or even pontificate as friend of Ndigbo.
"It’s sheer hypocrisy and cannot wipe out the injury inflicted on Igbo members of PDP by our dear brother-in-law.
“One remembers with nostalgia the deep attachment of Ndigbo to PDP, even when His Excellency, Dr Alex Ekwueme, the party’s pioneer chairman was shoved aside at the Jos convention in 1999.
"They repeated same, which was even more painful, when President Buhari nominated Rt. Hon. Chuba Okadigbo as his running mate in 2003 presidential election and Rt.Hon. Edwin Ume-Ezeoke as his running mate in 2007 presidential election.
“Even though I subscribe to inclusive politics, His Excellency, Atiku Abubukar had all it takes to have supported Peter Obi for the 2023 PDP’s presidential ticket during the party’s primary election.
“But, here was a man who pulled out from PDP in 2014, defected to APC in protest against former President Goodluck Jonathan’s breach of South to North rotation convention of presidency, claiming that Governor Nyesom Wike’s ambition compelled him to recontest the PDP presidential primary. That is a no brainer.”
On why he is peeved by Atiku’s objective observation on the transition committee list, Okechukwu, who is also the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), said nobody should fight any proxy war on behalf of Ndigbo.
“Ndigbo are like the fabled Beetle, and nobody can kill the Beetle.
“We are the fabled Beetle, we are Zikists and patriots per excellence more than any other tribe.
"Atiku was in his statement shedding mere Crocodile tears.
"I stand to be contradicted; we invest wherever we live and we reside in all the nooks and crannies of our dear country. Our stance remains, let the Eagle perch as well as the Dove.
“And, truly our concern is that no geopolitical zone is either developing or modernising at the required rate as our global peers are going.” Okechukwu submitted.