Nigerian entrepreneur, politician, and current member representing Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Kajola, Iwajowa Federal constituency of Oyo State in the House of Representatives, Shina Peller has carpeted former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, describing him as a typical politician who manipulates the truth for his selfish interests.
Taking to his Instagram page on Sunday, Peller described Atiku as someone who intentionally misleads people with his utterances.
Speaking further, the lawmaker described the former president and 2023 presidential hopeful as an enemy of Nigeria.
Naija News reports Peller’s position comes as a reaction to Atiku’s position on why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south.
While speaking last Tuesday with members of the PDP Board of Trustees in Abuja, Atiku argued that out of the sixteen years the party was in power, fourteen was used by the south, hence the 2023 ticket shouldn’t compulsorily go to the region again.
He argued that though the party invented zoning as a way to ensure every region in the country has a sense of belonging, the PDP is not constrained to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the south.
But reacting on Sunday, Peller said Atiku is a disappointment for intentionally leaving out some facts about the sixteen years of the PDP in power.
He wondered why the former Vice President didn’t mention the tenure of Alh. Umar Musa Yar’Adua which was cut short by his untimely death.
The lawmaker added that after eight uninterrupted years of the north in power through President Muhammadu Buhari, only an enemy of the country will stand against power rotation in 2023.
Below is the full statement from Peller.
“I disagree with the position of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar confusingly stating that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan (Southerners) were Presidents for 8 years and 6 years respectively, whilst he deliberately skipped the name of the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua for selfish political interest.
“What makes it more disappointing for me is the fact that the former Vice President is a Muslim and Islam teaches us to be truthful and fair in our dealings and not misguide people with our utterances. Alh Atiku knows that after Chief Obasanjo’s tenure, it was Yar’Adua before the circumstance made Dr. Goodluck Jonathan President. Death, which is inevitable to all, shortened the tenure of Yar’Adua as the President, not man. But someone who calls himself a Muslim who is supposed to be truthful and believe in God and Death, I expected that he should have recognised Yar’Adua in his analogy.
“Going by his recent utterances, Alhaji Atiku has just proven to us again that he is one of the typical Nigerian politicians who is ever ready to manipulate the people, twist the fact and mislead people to satisfy their political interest even if it means at the detriment of unity, peace and progress of our dear country.
“For me, I strongly believe that only an enemy of Nigeria will want to keep power in the North as far as 2023 is concerned. The South is bleeding: Yorubas are agitating for Oduduwa Nation; the Igbos are agitating for Biafra, a clear indication that these groups feel marginalized, while the Northerners have retained the position of the President for eight years (2 uninterrupted terms of 4 years). In the interest of peace, it is only fair that the South should produce the next Nigerian President.
“God has blessed our country with so much resources. We want to progress in our country, and we can never achieve progress without fairness, justice and peace. ONLY AN ENEMY OF NIGERIA WILL WANT THE NORTH TO RETAIN POWER IN 2023.
“This is the time politicians must sacrifice for Nigeria and embrace peace first as we, the politicians are the ones that have benefited mostly from the failed system. So sad!!! #NigeriaNeedsPeace #PeaceFirst #Ayederoofyorubaland”
This article was originally published on Nigeria News