- The director-general of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, said Atiku actually lost an opportunity to govern Nigeria in 2003
- Okechukwu congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent victory at the Supreme Court
- The APC chieftain said it would have been difficult for Atiku to win Buhari, who had 12 million permanent vote before 2015
Osita Okechukwu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has argued that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, lost his opportunity to become president in 2003.
That was the year Atiku, as vice president, reportedly ceded his rising influence and powers to Olusegun Obasanjo for the latter's second term in office.
According to Okechukwu, who heads the Voice of Nigeria (VON) as director-general, Atiku should be commended for challenging his defeat by President Muhammadu Buhari at the court.
Okechukwu, who congratulated Buhari for his victory at the Supreme Court in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, October 31, said having missed the 2003 chance, 2019 was not Atiku's 'luck'.
“There’s no way he could have garnered enough votes to beat President Buhari’s legendary 12 million vote-bank. Don’t forget that his restructuring mantra did not resonate well in his immediate geopolitical zone.
“Atiku lost his presidency slot in 2003 when over 20 governors and a lot of democrats were behind him. He fell to President Obasanjo’s tricks and lost the presidency,” Okechukwu alleged.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Okechukwu was recently suspended by by the APC, but that in his response, he said he had worked diligently for the party campaigning throughout the southeast for the success of the party.
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