- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar says he regrets not taking over Lagos from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the AD in 2003 as mandated by Olusegun Obasanjo
- Atiku apologises to the PDP for not leaving out Lagos and delivering the south west to the PDP during the election that year
- He insists he is passionate about restructuring the country if elected president
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a major contender for the 2019 presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has revealed that he deliberately did not do much for the party to take over Lagos state from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in 2003.
Atiku said he had the opportunity during the 2003 election when former president Olusegun Obasanjo gave him the duty to deliver the entire south west to the PDP.
Speaking in Lagos with members of the PDP as part of his nationwide tour on Monday, September 3, Atiku, a former vice president reportedly apologised to his party members for the mistake.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Atiku said that in carrying out the task, he delivered all the states to PDP, except Lagos.
He said that he deliberately did not do much to win Lagos because of his relationship with the former governor, Bola Tinubu.
He apologised to party members for what he called his mistake, saying that Lagos would have been better off, if he had delivered it to the PDP then.
“When we came to power in 1999, the entire South-western states were controlled by the AD. And when we were approaching the 2003 elections, I told my boss, give me the chance to take over the South-west
“And he gave me that authority, and I took all the states with the exception of Lagos. Why? Because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I came a long way from the SDP, PDM and all of that, and I felt I should leave Lagos for him. In fact, I could easily have taken over Lagos, but I did not.
“I have since regretted my decision; please, my sisters and brothers in the party, I want you to forgive me for taking Lagos out of that arrangement.
“If I have another opportunity again, Lagos will be taken to where it belongs. So, I am appealing to you to give me that opportunity so that I can correct the mistakes that I made,” Atiku said adding that his decision to seek the presidential seat in the country was to reposition and put it on the path of progress.
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Atiku lamented that the country was having serious issues in the areas of economy and security, assuring that he would fix the problems if elected.
He further said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had failed to deliver the promised change adding that he was committed to the idea of restructuring, and believed it was key to the country’s progress.
“If I am elected, I will make the centre unattractive and ensure that power devolves to the states,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Senator David Mark, a former president of the Nigerian Senate, is to join other aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the race for the 2019 presidential election as he is set to get the party’s expression of interest form.
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