A gubernatorial candidate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State, Salihu Isa Nataro has cautioned the national leadership of the party against fostering an unpopular candidate for the 2015 presidential election.
Nataro in a chat with Peoples Daily in Abuja yesterday, warned that if the matter is not viewed seriously, the party risks losing the election, adding that APC must as a matter of urgency convene an emergency meeting to try to reconcile the interests of its contestants with the wishes of Nigerians.
The aspirant who decried attempts by political leaders to allegedly divide the country along ethno-religious lines, said with votes from the south-west, north, parts of south-south and south-east, the “APC will be able to bring the PDP to its knees but only if a consensus candidate emerges.”
While rooting for a Buhari/Tinubu ticket, Nataro however said if Buhari is not willing to consider Tinubu, then the dou should give way for a Fashola/ Sam Nda Isiah ticket, as according to him, the former are not only respected and acceptable but are capable of modernizing the nation’s foreign policies which he said has been neglected.
He appealed to leaders like T Y Danjuma, Gen Ibrahim Babangida, Gen Abdulsalam, Audu Ogbe among others, to prevail on the aspirants to allow for consensus, stressing that aspirants like Kwankwaso will find it difficult to unseat President Goodluck Jonatan.
Nataro, a former guber candidate under the National Democratic Party (NDP), challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be bold and to cancel elections in states where the total votes cast is more than the total number of registered voters.
The associate member of the institute of management consultants and advocate of public sector reform, warned further that the country is in danger of an imminent revolution in view of the unacceptable number of unemployed youth across the country, including Kebbi State.