Abuja (Sundiata Post) – A former presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr SKC Ogbonnia has dared his party with his open declaration that he is supporting the presidential ticket of the Labour Party, LP, being custodied by Mr Peter Obi and Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Ogbonnia, expressing his preference for Obi-Datti ticket, said that Obi was the face of democratic revolution whose time had come in Nigeria.
According to Ogbonnia: “Though I remain a member of the APC, I must not support its presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“The decision to endorse the candidate of an opposition party did not come easy. But there comes a time to say enough is enough.”
Ogbonnia said that his first disdain for Tinubu was that neither fellow party members nor ordinary Nigerians could claim to know who Ahmed Tinubu truly is.
Read him: “Everything about the man is shady—from his name, state of origin, the schools attended, certificates received; his record in America to his true source of income, let alone any true intention of seeking the presidency, apart from an arrogant claim that it is his turn to rule Nigeria.
“Besides the shady background, a series of events also show that Tinubu does not have any good sense of equity, justice, fairness, and patriotism – virtues he claims to promote.
“The truth is that Bola Ahmed Tinubu is even more insensitive about the Nigerian state and her problems than President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Further, it is common knowledge that the APC National Leader no longer possesses the physical fitness to explore the Nigerian presidency, but it has equally become very apparent that he no longer has the mental capacity.
“I have a conscience. In Peter Obi, I see a true detribalized Nigerian like myself, who is committed to real change. I see a generational visionary who is truly passionate and committed to rescue the country from total collapse and reposition her for greatness.
“In Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party vice-presidential candidate, I see hope for the future.
“In Obi/Baba-Ahmed ticket, I see intellect, character, competence, and capacity; I see integrity and humility. I see patriotism; I see dynamism. I see enviable and verifiable track-record; I see attainable visions; I see hope for the Nigeria of our founding dreams; I see a democratic revolution whose time has come.
“This move is consistent with my politics. I never allow the mere exigencies of ethnicity, religion, or party affiliation to becloud my judgment. As a member of the National Republican Convention (NRC), I crossed party lines to campaign for MKO Abiola, the flagbearer for the Social Democratic Party (SDP). I saw Abiola as a better candidate than the candidate of my party, Bashir Tofa.”
Ogbonnia said that if the truth was told, no conscious and well-meaning Nigerian would wish for an extension of the current national government under APC which Tinubu roundly endorsed.
He said that the party had far better and younger candidates to fly its presidential ticket but chose to settle for the highest bidder in the ageless Tinubu.