- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar's rumoured presidential ambition has gotten a huge boost
- The former vice president has been endorsed by a Lagos-based activist and youth leader, Abdulwaheed Usamah
- Usamah made this known in an open letter to the Wazirin Adamawa
A Lagos-based activist and youth leader, Abdulwaheed Usamah, has declared support for the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election, Daily Trust reports.
In an open letter to the former vice president, Usamah said he shared Abubakar’s vision of building an enduring nation anchored on the youths by building their potentials and tapping on the enormous youth population.
He further stated that Abubakar’s contributions to the economy as vice president between 1999 and 2007 had remained unrivaled till date.
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The letter read in part: “Special recognition must also go to your esteemed person on the recorded achievement of the internet and other online development achievements including that of reform in the nation’s telecommunication industry that led to the birth of GSM.
“Reports reveal that your service as chairman of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) influenced the advent of mobile phones and networks that both old and young Nigerians rely upon as effective means of communication and tools that have also created job opportunities for the teeming youth including myself.
“Besides, your effort on the Nigerian economy during your tenure as chairman of Nigerian Economic Council between 2002 and 2005, also deserves unquestionable commendation - a period which the nation’s economy reported to have recorded significant improvement yet unbeaten.”
In a related development, a youth group in the South-south geo-political zone, Nigerian Youths Project 2019 (NYP) has opened a campaign office for the former vice president.
The group urged Atiku to declare his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), promising that they would purchase his nomination form.
The national coordinator of NYP, Orlu Nyekachi said the call was based on Atiku’s track records in business and his leadership qualities.
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