Former Borno State Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima, said some Southerners in the All Progressive Congress, APC, are playing the spoilers card just to scuttle the chances of the South in producing the next president.
Shettima stated this while on a visit with a presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to Ogun State.
According to Shettima, Ogun State is presenting 4 APC presidential aspirants but some of them can’t poll more than 10 votes at the APC presidential primary election. He said such aspirants would end up becoming spoilers.
He said : “The enemy of Southern Nigeria is often not the Northern Nigeria, but men and women of its own stock, the Judas Iscariot of the Southern race who are ever ready to play the second fiddle.
“We are living in very interesting times and for those of us in the Asiwaju team, we are moved by the forest of ideas and the realization that what this country needs is a unifying leader who has neither ethnic nor religious agenda and who is not bound by toxic regional solidarity and yet known for exemplary qualitative leadership and if you look around, the contenders and the pretenders for the Presidency of this country, there is no one that the cap fits better than the gentleman seated here.
“In our current dispensation, the dynamics have changed, there is no politician in the APC with the brand name, first name recognition, the track record, the passion for excellence that can stand toe-to-toe and even overshadow Atiku Abubakar better than Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“He was viciously witch-hunted, harassed and intimidated by the PDP controlled Federal Government and that was the time he laid the foundation for modern Lagos.
“So I call on you in the spirit of oneness and for the collective interest of the South-West who supported us when we needed him, that support intervenes on your sons who are hell-bent on becoming spoilers. It is better and more honourable.
“Ogun, you are presenting four presidential candidates and you and I know that some cannot get more than ten votes, but they are going to be spoilers, but I can assure you that on his (Tinubu’s) mandate we are going to stand.”