- Atiku Abubakar, the PDP's presidential candidate, on Wednesday, January 30, revealed why he worked against former governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju's reelection bid in 2003
- Atiku said that he made the move because Mbadinuju, while in office, allegedly failed in the area of education in Anambra
- The former vice president said that he needed to convince the then head of state, Olusegun Obasanjo, to work against Mbadinuju's reelection bid
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar,on Wednesday, January 30, said that he was one of those who ensured that a former governor of Anambra, Chinwoke Mbadinuju’s did not succeed in returning to power in 2003.
Speaking at a political platform tagged The Candidates, explained that he worked against Mbadinuju, because, according to him, the former governor did not do well in the area of education while in office, The Cable reports.
Atiku revealed that he persuaded the former president Obasanjo to join forces with him to work against Mbadinuju.
The former vice president said: “When I was VP, I took a tour to Anambra state during the governorship administration of Chinwoke Mbadinuju. I found out all the public schools were overtaken by weeds."
“I went back to the president and said this governor must never be allowed to come back. And, believe me, he never did.
On his part, Mbadinuju recounted the fallout, saying: “And when it came to second term, the man who praised me so much; he wrote in the News magazine of 27th December, 2004, that he, President Obasanjo, single-handedly stopped my second term in office.
"He was the person who said I scored A-plus in infrastructure and when it came to peace and security, I got Gold cup in National Competition in Abuja and in infrastructural development, I got B, second position.
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“So, in terms of working as a governor of a state nobody can challenge me. When I asked him in Awka when he came to raise Ngige’s hand, I said, ‘ah Baba, why did you raise Ngige’s hand now, (yet) you gave me A-plus in my work?” He said, ‘Odera, it is politics.’ I said, ‘politics with my second term?’”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Atiku on Wednesday, January 30, said that election rigging is the worst kind of corruption in Nigeria.
Atiku, speaking at The Candidate, a political forum, said that the only way to bring about a lasting solution to corruption related to polls in Nigeria is to establish an election fraud commission.
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