Reality TV personality Cross Ikechukwu Okonkwo has opened up about his relationship with the presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to Punch NG’s Blessing Enenaite Cross asserted that Atiku assisted him somewhat and took him in when he had nowhere else to go.
He added that they had been friends for a long time and that he had even slept in the same bed as Atiku’s children.
Cross emphasized that Atiku has not paid him to campaign for him, or endorse and solicit for votes for him ahead of the 2023 elections.
Read the discussion below:
You recently called the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, as your father. Why did you describe him in what way?
“I have known him (Atiku) for many years. Me and his children have lived together and shared the same bed. When I did not have anywhere to go, he took me in. He has also taken care of me to an extent. That is the true definition of family. I know him very well and I believe he means well for the youth. I also think he is the best presidential candidate.
I was attacked after I made that tweet (about Atiku being my father), and I wondered why.”
Some persons have said you called him your father for pecuniary gains. What’s your reaction to that?
“If I eventually go into politics, it will be for the benefit of my constituency. However, I don’t want to become a politician because I don’t want people to insult me. I cannot collect money from Atiku, and I have never collected money to campaign for any politician.”