Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Cross Okonkwo, had opened up on presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, who took care of him like a son when he had nowhere to go.
Cross, who refers to Atiku as his father, revealed that he has lived with the presidential aspirant, and he has taken care of him to a large extent.
“I have known him (Atiku) for many years. His children and I 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. He said.
You recently called the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, your father. Why did you describe him in what way?
I have known him (Atiku) for many years. His children and I 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 well and believe he means well for the youth. I also think he is the best presidential candidate.
I was attacked after making that tweet (about Atiku being my father), and I wondered why.
Some persons have said you called him your father for financial 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.
What are your latest projects?
I am getting ready for the elections. I was the president of a group called South East Youths for Atiku and Peter Obi (the then vice-presidential candidate of the PDP) in the 2019 presidential election. I will also be involved in next year’s elections. I have been encouraging young Nigerians to get their permanent voter’s cards to vote for the right candidate.
I am also involved in a couple of projects to make a living.
You recently said you rejected N20m from someone who wanted you to date fellow ex-BBN housemate, Saskay. Why did you turn down the offer?
If I am given the money, I will collect it (laughs). When I came out of the BBN house, there was a lot of matchmaking (by people who wanted two ex-housemates to be in relationships). It was done majorly by wealthy fans who had so much to give. I knew that if I accepted their gifts to be ‘tied’ to Saskay and the relationship did not work out in the future could cause problems for our respective fan bases. That did not make sense to me.
I decided that I would stay on my own, even if the number of my fans reduced. I was not bothered because I knew what I wanted, and I don’t want to jeopardize my future.
Another ex-BBN housemate, Angel, said you did not put enough effort into your relationship with her. What is your reaction to that?
I don’t know why Angel felt that way because I put much into our friendship. I could not say many things (on the reunion show) because I am not the kind of person who talks about the things I do for people. Angel knows that part of me. I am a private perso
However, I am genuinely sorry that she felt that way. I was there for her. She also put me through a lot, but our society believes men should always be strong. She dealt with me (laughs), but that is life. We keep progressing. Everyone has the narrative they prefer to push.
You stated that you were hurt when you discovered that Angel was in a new relationship. Why were you hurt, considering that you were not dating her?
We were in a close friendship, and we understood each other well. I don’t know how everything switched into a ‘relationship.’ I did not think she was talking to someone else, and suddenly, she was in a relationship. I felt hurt because we were close. I had to respect her decision because I could not be in a relationship with her. I was happy for her. At least the person will give her what I could not provide her. Also, I asked her if the guy was a fantastic person because I wanted the best for her. I was never angry that she got into a relationsh
You have said that you are scared of going into relationships because of your past experiences. What are these experiences, and do you think you will be able to overcome them eventually?
I cannot talk about this because I was hurt. I hope I will be able to overcome the hurt someday because whenever I am in a relationship, I put my all into it. When an unforeseen situation happens, the other person gets hurt, and I become scared. When I am hurt, it is usually not easy for me to overcome it. Anyone wanting to enter a relationship should be physically, mentally, and financially ready for it. Right now, I can look after myself, but I don’t know if I can look after another human being.
What do you desire in a relationship?
I desire to love and care. I also want to have fun with my partner.
What are the qualities you want in your ideal woman?
I need a good lady that understands me. Some people think I am weird. But, who I am is the sum of all my life experiences.