The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has revealed why the All Progressives Congress (APC) is worried about the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, the APC chieftain gave an analysis of what would be the outcome of the 2023 election.
Osita also faulted the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the party, stressing that as a Christian he would have preferred a Christian to be the vice presidential candidate of APC.
He added that Atiku may not get votes in the South East and South-South like the Peoples Democratic Party used to have but APC is worried that Kwakwaso might deprive the party of some votes in the North.
He said: “I base my analysis on my experience in partisan politics for the past 44 years and my study of social sciences, that 24 hours is a long time in politics talk of six to seven months.
“Yes, as a Christian, I would have preferred if Asiwaju chose a Christian. But my preference may not be the reality on the ground. The presidential candidate also considered all the variables.
“I’ve gone through the data of election from 1922…to date, and there’s no record that all Christians voted the same way or all Muslims voted for Muslims. There’s no such record and this might not be an exception.
“And based on the practical realities of indicators that can win an election and working on speculations …that they’ll vote for Atiku. If you say they’ll vote for Atiku, what of Kwankwaso, Obi, and others?
“Like us in the APC, we’re even happy today that Atiku may not get votes in the South East and South-South just as PDP used to.
“We’re happy about that just as we’re worried about Kwankwaso that he might deprive APC some of the votes we would run away with. So there’re a lot of variants”