The governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has cautioned other presidential contenders to watch out for Bola Tinubu, the party’s nominee, because he is a serious contender in the campaign.
He claimed that Tinubu is “a very experienced politician and a very skilled strategist,” therefore if he were running for president, he wouldn’t question his capabilities.
The governor argued that while he wouldn’t disregard other candidates from other political parties, the APC candidate deserves special consideration.
Ikpeazu told The Nation that the presidential candidate of his party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi still have one or two things to still do, unlike Tinubu.
He said just like in the APC primary election where Tinubu was not given a chance and yet emerged as the candidate of the party, a similar incident could play out in this Saturday’s election.
The governor noted that “I wouldn’t want to make any predictions now. But, for me, I still believe that the PDP presidential candidate still needs to do one or two things just like I think Obi still has to do one or two things going forward. As for Tinubu, he is a very experienced politician and a very good strategist.
“If he is in his element, he is going to be very formidable at the end of the day because they never gave him a chance to emerge at the primary, but he emerged somehow. So, that same thing could play out. If I’m in this race, I’ll not ignore Tinubu.
“I will not also ignore any of the candidates. But, I don’t want us to make religion or ethnicity a major factor because it will further divide us. We’re already broken as a country and we don’t need to put another hot knife through our butter.”
Speaking about what Nigerians should expect at the polls on Saturday, the governor said “Sincerely speaking, at times I like to see myself not as a leader or politician, but just as ‘citizen Okezie’ who is just a Nigerian.
“I think we the political class have succeeded in confusing the people of Nigeria so much. We’re now afraid of change because of the calamity that fell upon us as a result of the change we embraced in 2015.”