- The 2023 presidency battle has started already for Atiku Abubakar
- The former vice president has rolled out his campaign support group throughout the country
- As one of its major focus, the group aims to improve the welfare of Nigerian youths
In an earlier preparation for the 2023 presidential election, former vice president Atiku Abubakar has kick-started his support groups in all states of Nigeria.
The campaign body named Atiku Support Group was inaugurated in Abuja on Thursday, December 17, under the chairmanship of its director-general, Atiku Aminu Mohammed, The Nation reports.
According to the North-Central coordinator of the group, Anngu Orngu, the campaign organisation has as its major interest the welfare of Nigerians, especially the youths, an objective enshrined in the former vice president's national development agenda.
Speaking on this aspect of the body's vision, Orngu said:
“Improving the livelihood of Nigerians is of utmost priority to Atiku Abubakar. He has demonstrated this in numerous capacities which is why we the Nigerian youth want him to be president come 2023.
“We will not rest till he is elected the president of Nigeria. If he is elected as the president of Nigeria, he will be pro-active in addressing the insecurity challenges facing the country, attract foreign investments and give support to millions of small and medium scale enterprises in addition to 40% youth inclusiveness in government.”
Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had denied allegations that it had abandoned Abubakr for another candidate ahead of 2023 general election.
The PDP chairman, Uche Secondus, issued the denial after meeting with some of the opposition governors in Bauchi.
Secondus noted that the party is being democratic and would ensure that everybody that is eligible to contest for the party's candidacy will do so.
“This party is very democratic. There is no room for discrimination. Everyone who is qualified, both young, old, governors and non-governors, is qualified and will have the opportunity to contest and we have the space for everyone. If you win you become our candidate.”
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