Ahead of next year’s general election, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has told his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, to step down and endorse him for the 2023 presidential poll.
He made this known when he met with leaders from the northern part of the country under the umbrella of the Arewa Joint Committee for an interactive session on Monday.
The interactive session took place at the Arewa House in Kaduna.
It was organised by a coalition of six groups including the Arewa Consultative Forum, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Northern Elders Forum, Jamar Matan Arewa, among others.
Tinubu asked Atiku to reciprocate his ‘gesture’ in 2007.
That year, Tinubu dropped his ambition and endorsed Atiku who contested under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
‘I supported Atiku Abubakar in 2007.
‘Don’t blame me if I ask for the payback.
‘It’s payback. Let him endorse me, instead of conducting rallies around Kaduna,’ Tinubu said.
In a related development, as campaigns for Nigeria’s next Presidential elections takes centre stage, the Media Office of Atiku Abubakar had earlier asserted that the aspiration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, was nothing but an assault on the integrity of the black race.
This was contained in a statement by Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, in Kaduna, on Sunday.
He said, ‘The very ambition of former governor Tinubu to aspire to become the Nigerian leader is a rude attack on the integrity of every black country and certainly an act of disgrace to all Nigerians.
‘It is even more repugnant that a man who is not honourable enough to make a full disclosure about his elementary education records would ask to be elected a President of the most populous Black nation in the world.’
Ibe issued the statement in response to a statement issued by the APC accusing Atiku of playing the ethnic card while speaking with elders and other northern stakeholders, in Kaduna.