A sociopolitical analyst, Reno Omokri, has warned the 2023 Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi ahead of the 2027 presidential election.

Omokri warned that the ex-presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and Nigeria Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kankwaso, won’t agree to run for the 2027 presidency with Obi.

Reacting to Obi’s meeting with Atiku, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, and Sule Lamido, Omokri said no northerner of standing and in his right senses would agree to run for the 2027 presidency with the former Anambra State governor.

Posting on X, the former presidential spokesman wondered the significance of Obi’s rapprochement with Northern powerbrokers in the PDP, stressing that “right now he is tainted.”

According to Omokri: “Have you forgotten about Deborah Samuel? Of course not. The memory is still fresh in your mind, primarily because you are a Christian and you empathise with her, seeing as she was killed by a core Northern Muslim mob on charges of blasphemy.

“Now, perform this emotional intelligence exercise. If you cannot and will not forget Deborah Samuel, how do you think any Muslim, Northern or Southern, is going to forget a man who was caught on tape plotting religious war against you? How?

“The North Remembers is not just an episode from the television series, Game of Thrones. It is an actual way of life of Northern Nigeria. They have the memory of an elephant.

“They read al-Quran, which warns them about such people, who are referred to as Munafiq. You know how sensitive religion is in Nigeria. And then you think the Muslim Ummah will forgive and forget Peter Obi’s words? Peter Obi will be 63 in six weeks. People don’t change when they are that old.

“Especially when Peter Obi has never owned up to the tape and apologised. Instead, when asked three times by Charles Aniagolu if that was him on the tape, Obi dodged the question.

“And then you combine his Yes Daddy tape with his jumping from one church to the other, shouting, ‘Church, take back your country,’ and you think Muslims are that naive as to forgive such a man?

“As for South-South votes, Obi will not get them in 2027 or be able to influence their direction. As long as Tinubu delivers the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, or at least comes very close to completion.

“Yes, people will agree to meet with him out of courtesy. Some will do so to explore if they can get him to give them his bloc vote. But no Northerner of standing in his right mind will run with Obi. Not Waziri Atiku, Rabiu Kwankwaso, or Nasir-El-Rufai.

“For Arewa, you can touch the North and be forgiven. But you cannot touch Islam and be forgiven.”