Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has told his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, to drop his ambition and endorse him.
Tinubu stated this while speaking at an interactive session with the Arewa Joint Committee which was held at the Arewa House, Kaduna, on Monday.
According to the former Governor of Lagos state, he sees himself as a pan-Nigerian, having transversed all parts of the country.
He, however, noted, “You (apparently referring to Atiku) started from Uyo and now ended up in Kaduna and you are speaking to the North that you are the right candidate for the North; how do we reconcile that? You have lost the election.”
Tinubu went further to say that the PDP presidential candidate ought to have endorsed him, having supported him in 2007 for the presidency instead of competing with him for the same position.
“It’s payback time. Let Atiku endorse me instead of campaigning in Kaduna. I supported him in 2007,” he added.
The former Lagos helmsman told the gathering that comprised the Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Jamiyyar Matan Arewa, the Center for Historical Development Research (Arewa House) as well as the Arewa Research and Documentation Project, that he was also one of them.
“I am one of you. Yes. I am a city boy from Lagos,” he added.