The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYFC, on Saturday, weighed in on the controversies surrounding the nationality of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 2019 Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking with Journalists, the President General of the AYCF, Yerima Shettima, described the claim that Abubakar is not a Nigerian, as an insult to the former Vice President.
He insisted that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is confused, and has clearly shown that they have nothing to offer this country.
Recall, that the APC had in a petition before the Presidential Election Tribunal, alleged that Atiku is a Cameroonian and not a Nigerian, as claimed.
Atiku however, dismissed the claim, insisting that he is a Nigerian by birth.
Intervening, Shettima said: “Ordinarily, this should not be an issue, but to me, I think someone who was born somewhere in one of the Local Governments in Adamawa State, gone through School all in Nigeria, who has documents all as Nigerian… for somebody like Atiku, who was a Governor, Customs Deputy Comptroller, and subsequently he retired and joined politics, became Governor, then Vice President for eight years, it is an insult for somebody to rise up one day, to say he is not a Nigerian.
“When Atiku was with APC, a party that has members that are so quack and has nothing to offer, sometimes do things that are not necessary, they did not know he was corrupt, was a foreigner, they were celebrating him, but when he began to fight for his mandate legitimately for an election he won, they came up with such excuses. For me, he is the President-in-waiting.
“For me, this is a dance of Mecabeh, it is an embarrassment for the APC-led government to be talking in such manner, and it is a clear indication that they have nothing to offer this country. They are confused, and if you meet them one on one, you will see that these guys are empty upstairs, and have nothing to offer Nigerians. And these are the same people we are putting our destinies in their hands.
“We are in big trouble, because they do not have direction; it is easy for them to just sit down and accuse Atiku of not being a Nigerian
“The question is not about Atiku being a Nigerian or not, but did they truly win the election? They should come up with facts, because Atiku has made some claims against them; the Tribunal is there, and we are watching them with keen interest, and these are the issues we want them to discuss, and not about his nationality.
“If we start talking about who is a Nigerian or not, it will not help the issue at all, so they should not talk about that angle at all, but prove the authenticity of the just concluded election, that they never rigged the election. These are the issues we want them to talk about, and not whether Atiku is a Nigerian or not.”