2019: Northern Youth Leaders Give Atiku Yellow Card Over Obi
The Peoples Democratic Party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has been yellow-carded over his choice of former governor Peter Obi, as running mate.
Atiku was giving the warning by Northern Youth Leaders Forum.
The group sent Atiku a dire message: drop Obi or lose.
The youths tabled their demand at a meeting on Monday with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, now Atiku’s godfather.
They asked Atiku to review the choice of Obi, if he hopes to earn the North’s support.
The group, which prides itself as the apex body of 46 youth organisations in the North, threatened to mobilise its over six million members against the PDP and its presidential candidate, if Atiku failed to take its advice.
The National Chairman of the group, Elliot Afiyo, who spoke on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after a meeting with Obasanjo claimed that the body had been instrumental to the electoral victories of successive Presidents since 1999.
It claimed to have played a major role in incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory and it also played a critical role in the reconciliation between Atiku and Obasanjo.
According to Afiyo, the group had equally intimated the former President of their position on Atiku’s running mate.
Afiyo said Obi’s choice was causing friction in the Southeast, which is largely responsible for the impending defection of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremandu, from the PDP.
He added that Obi is strongly viewed as anti-north and a major sponsor of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to him, over 70 percent of Emirs and other traditional rulers in the North will not support Atiku’s choice of running mate and maintained that PDP will fail to produce the next president, if the party eventually flies the Atiku/Obi ticket.
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