A Roman Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. John Oluoma, has slammed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for breaking the gentleman agreement of power shift to the South come 2023 general election.
Newsonline reports that the Catholic clergy said Atiku’s thirst for power, which he described as “unmatched” was responsible for the scuttle of gentleman agreement within the PDP that power should return to the South.
Fr. Oluoma, who serves the Catholic Church at the Archdiocese of Abuja, said no sincere Southerner should vote for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Oluoma also called on the Northerners not to vote for All Progressive Congress, APC, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima for equity and fairness.
The priest recalled in 2019, how Atiku’s presidential ambition was fully supported by PDP Southern politicians.
“In 2019 nobody from the entire South contested the PDP primaries because everyone believed in the “gentlemanly agreement” that power will remain in the North. Atiku contested it with fellow northerners and lost.
The same Atiku and his PDP goons from North and South scuttled that arrangement and emerged as presidential flag bearer for the 2023 elections. Forget the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket, the source of the whole problem is PDP. If APC has failed woefully as PDP claimed,” he said.
Fr. Oluoma argued that had the PDP and Atiku obeyed the gentleman’s agreement of power returning to the South in 2023, it would have been easy for the party to win the coming election.
Oluoma said, “Then anybody from the southern region, even the worse performing governor should easily beat anyone APC brings out.
“Bringing Atiku forth shows that PDP is lying all the while and is interested only in capturing power.
“Who else will spend heaven and earth to achieve this than Atiku whose thirst for power is unmatched?
If you are a sincere voter from the South and believe in equity and fairness, you can’t consider PDP as an option, no way.”
The Clergy advised, “You can’t be crying with us against APC’S Muslim-Muslim ticket and still be rooting for PDP, that’d make you a shameless hypocrite from the South.
“If you are also a sincere voter from the North and believe in the “gentlemanly” agreement of equitable power rotation between the south and north, you can’t also consider PDP as an option in this election, no way. I am not telling you who to vote, I am simply telling you who not to vote if equity, sincerity and honesty mean anything to you.”