The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says his endorsement by the various socio-political groups, shows there is hope for Nigeria ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Concise News had reported that leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum, and Middle Belt Forum backed Atiku’s candidature less than two weeks to the presidential election.
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The leaders declared their support for the PDP candidate on Sunday at a meeting tagged “Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders.”
While explaining the reason for their decision, the leaders accused President Muhammadu Buhari of dividing the country and not having control of the presidency.
But in a statement he personally signed on Sunday, Atiku said the fact that the group leaders decided to set aside their differences and unite to support his candidature, was a loud statement and a decision he said moved him to tears.
Atiku said: “The endorsement by the leading lights of our nationalities – Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and Middle Belt Forum is a loud statement that there is hope for our country as we go to the polls in a few days.
“I am moved to tears that in the midst of deep divisions and deliberate use of instrumentalities of state to set our people against themselves in the last three and a half years, responsible and respected leaders across Nigeria have agreed to come together for the purpose of endorsing my candidature for the February 16th, 2019 presidential elections.”
The PDP candidate, therefore, promised to unite every region and zone of the country if elected President.
He said, “I will run a properly federated Nigeria through constitutional reforms to bring out the best from ALL sections of Nigeria to make Nigeria work again like in the past when the Saudi Royal family came to Nigeria to access Medicare.
“We will promote an inclusive Nigeria based on productivity that every section of Nigeria will bring out the best under their soil, and in their brain to make Nigeria assume its position in Africa and the global community.
“It would be 100 percent for every section of Nigeria as I would not understand any arithmetic outside that.”