The Arewa Joint Committee has reacted to rumours of its committee endorsing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s for presidency.
Recall Overtnews had reported that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Saturday asked his fellow Northerners to vote for him in the 2023 general elections.
According to Atiku, Northerners needed to vote for him rather than a Yoruba or Igbo candidate because he was a Pan-Nigerian with a northern extraction that had built bridges across the country.
He made the remarks while responding to a question posed to him by the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, during an Interactive Session with Arewa Joint Committee held on Saturday in Kaduna State.
It is noteworthy that the Presidential candidates of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, and that of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, are from the South-West region while the Labour Party’s Peter Obi is from the South-East region.
“What the average Northerner needs is somebody who’s from the north who also understands that part of the country and has been able to build bridges across the country,” Atiku said.
“This is what the Northerner needs, it doesn’t need a Yoruba or Igbo candidate, I stand before you as a Pan-Nigerian of northern origin.”
However, since the weekend, the comment has been widely condemned.
Reacting to Atiku’s comment, the Chairman of the Steering Committee, Malam Murtala Aliyu, stated that the same question posed to Atiku was also posed to other candidates, adding that every response expressed by the various candidates of various political parties is solely their opinion and has nothing to do with the joint committee’s fundamental objectives.
He said, “Atiku should clear himself. The same question asked by the committee was ad-ministered to other presidential candidates too. So we have no business with the opinion expressed by our guests.”