By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State, Alhaji Muhammad Aminu Tukur has said that, the former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is more a nationalist than the former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmad Tinubu.
Tukur, who made the observation in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Bauchi on Saturday, said, Atiku Abubakar of the opposition PDP, may get wider support over the APC’s Ahmad Tinubu in the forthcoming, 2023, Presidential election, if given the ticket.
A former member representing Lere/Bula in the Bauchi State Assembly, Aminu Tukur, expressed concerns over the inability of Tinubu to raise a voice against the treatment and harassment being meted out to Northerners in his region.
“By my political dispensation I belong to the APC and I am certainly sure senator Bola Ahmad Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos state is vying under the platform of the APC, invariably we belong to the same political party”, he said.
Tukur said he knew the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, one -on -one, and will therefore give preference to him to clinch the presidential seat in 2023.
“He (Atiku) is a person that can see me and call me by my name, so I have that respect for him as somebody who knows me as a person and I hold him dear in my heart and by my feelings”, the APC chieftain said.
According to him, it was high time that, Northeast of the country should have the chance to govern Nigeria. Adding that, “The last time we had the opportunity to go close to the apex position was when late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the prime minister of Nigeria.
“So, other than him, we haven’t had anybody in the Northeast sub-region that was privileged to rule Nigeria. So, if I am allowed, my preference should go to the person, who is coming from the Northeastern part of this country”. Tukur noted.
The APC chieftain, who said his absolute loyalty goes to his party, maintained that, it would not stop him from giving credence to somebody he knows one- on- one and can reach to him at any given time.
“I have two reasons for that, my political zone, you know, that’s my geo political zone and the person that knows me one – on – one, I do give credence to somebody whom I can reach on phone, somebody whom I can talk to if I have anything to say, be it positive or otherwise”. He added.
“But in the event that he (Atiku) hasn’t been given the Chance to contest by any other political party, invariably, my absolute loyalty is to my party. I still maintain that, my absolute loyalty is to my party and it is non-negotiable”, Tukur maintained.
While expressing confidence that his party would field in somebody with the capacity to preside over the affairs of the country, Tukur said, he is not withdrawing his statement on Atiku, as well as, his feelings that the Northeastern part of the country should have the right to govern Nigeria once again.
On whether he would want to see Atiku decamping to the APC, Tukur said, “if he will do that I will be the most pleased, I will be the most pleased to have him on the platform of the APC, it will become very easy for me to campaign and canvass for him”.
The APC stalwart also opined that, his party has given the ticket for the presidential election to somebody from the Northeast, adding that, “yes, enough of the Northwest! Northwest has ruled Nigeria for decades”.