Bola Tinubu, the candidate for president of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has encouraged South-East citizens to ignore advice from former President Olusegun Obasanjo and PDP presidential nominee Atiku Abubakar.
Tinubu made the remarks on Wednesday at an APC presidential campaign rally in Enugu.
Between 1999 and 2007, Obasanjo and Atiku served as president and vice-president of Nigeria, respectively, on the platform of the PDP.
Atiku has been lobbying all ethnic groups in Nigeria, especially the Igbo, to support him in the 2023 presidential race.
In December, at a rally in Anambra State, the former vice president urged voters in the South-East to support him, saying that he would serve as “a stepping stone” for a future president of Nigeria to come from the area.
On 1 January, in an open letter to young Nigerians, Obasanjo declared his support for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), in the upcoming 2023 election.
At the event, Tinubu warned the Igbo not to put their faith in the pair because they had “deceived” the region before.
“Don’t listen to them. Don’t believe them anymore. They have fooled you several times since 1999,” he said.
The APC candidate alleged President Obasanjo and his PDP successors broke their promise to construct the Second Niger Bridge.
He said that while they were in office, Obasanjo and Atiku were verbally insulting and accusing each other of embezzling money.
“They didn’t do it (Second Niger Bridge) for 16 years. They ate your money, abused themselves,” Tinubu remarked of previous PDP presidents.
“If you have forgotten, let me remind you: that bridge is completed by APC (government),” he stated.
The APC nominee insinuated that Obi was “deceived” by certain members of the PDP into switching parties from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the PDP and then the LP so that he could run for president.
“They feel they want to vote Obi. They want to come back (to power). That’s how they deceived your brother when he left Okokorokoo and joined Labour (Party),” he explained.
The Igbo word for crowning a cock to mark the beginning of a new day is Okokorokoo. The APGA faithful frequently use this term.
The APGA seal depicts a cock against a yellow background inside a circle.
The ex-governor of Lagos State pleaded for voters to abandon other political groups and unite behind the APC to “use a broom to sweep away the dirty men and bloody foes” in Nigeria.
Tinubu urged the APC’s Southeast leaders to keep “sweating and working hard” for the upcoming election.
He declared, “There will be no praise for anybody until the party wins the election.
“I want you to sweat well for this party until you deliver victory until Bola Tinubu becomes the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We will not give you but a slight clap or a soaked slice of bread,” the APC candidate pledged.