- Presidential candidate of the PDP in the coming general elections has credited former president Obasanjo his his victory
- He said without Obasanjo picking him in 1999, he could never have become the PDP presidential candidate today
- Obasanjo had vowed never to support Atiku
Few minutes after his emergence as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former vice president Atiku Abubakar has praised former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Atiku, while delivering his acceptance speech after he was officially declared winner of the primary with 1,532 votes to Aminu Tambuwal's 693, Atiku thanked former President Olusegun Obasanjo for picking him as his vice president in 1999.
He noted that without Obasanjo picking him then, he could never have become the PDP presidential candidate today.
Recall that some months ago, Obasanjo had said: “How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?
“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support. I do not have personal grudges with anyone. If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.
“It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual,” he said. “If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria it does not matter who you are I am not working with you.”
However, Atiku said on Sunday while accepting to be PDP candidate said: "Finally, on a personal note, I wouldn't have been standing where I am today if my former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, had not made me his vice president.
"Under his tutelage, I learnt quite a lot, and I believe the experience I have got is going to impact on how I eventually govern this country. I wish to pay my personal tribute to him."
Abubakar, who scored 1,532 votes to defeat 11 other PDP heavy weights, said that his victory was a landmark in the history of the party.
The party, he said, had never conducted a much better primary since the enthronement of democracy in 1999.
“WE have witnessed the most critical and transparent primary in the history of the party," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Uche Secondus said that in the just concluded presidential primary of the PDP, there was no victor and no vanquished.
Giving a speech after the declaration of Atiku Abubakar as the winner of the polls, Secondus said that all the aspirants in the election won the election.
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