Kayode Ajulo, lawyer and rights activist on Tuesday said the Yoruba people will not vote against Alh. Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election because Vice- President, Yemi Osinbajo is also in the race.
Atiku had picked Peter Obi, former Anambra state governor as his running mate while Osinbajo will be running again with President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking reelection into office.
Ajulo, who said Yoruba don’t vote based on sentiments said they always look at issues before deciding who to pitch their tent with.
“I want to believe that this may be the last time Atiku will have the chance to contest election, and I want to believe that he is aware and have realised this. All his steps and choices will be well calculated. The choice he made concerning his running mate is something that everyone is proud of. I know Peter Obi as a great leader who is well respected”.
“The same thing with Professor Yemi Osinbajo, he has been able to function in the office with a posture that one is proud of. Yorubas are enlightened; we discuss politics of issues, not politics of sentiment. I don’t believe picking Peter Obi will now make Yoruba vote against Atiku”.
“If you really want answer to this, you can check what happened in 1999, and what happened in 2003, despite the fact that a son of the soil from Yorubaland, Olusegun Obasanjo contested twice, and being the sitting president; you will see that where he had the least votes happened to come from his kinsmen. We look at issues, which is one of the things of being formally enlightened. I am so proud of my race”.
“To say because Osinbajo is Yoruba, so we will all vote for him. No way! Yoruba won’t think that way” he said.