- Atiku Abubakar has promised to restructure Nigeria if he is given the mandate to govern the country in 2023
- According to him, he will pay close attention to issues bordering the unity of the country, insecurity, economy and education among others
- He consequently called on delegates to put competence and credibility above money in casting their votes for aspirants to fly the flag of the party
Former Vice President of Nigeria and a presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has pledged to restructure the country if given the opportunity to emerge as the president of the country.
Alhaji Atiku made the pledge while addressing PDP delegates including Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.
The former vice president outlined other areas he would focus attention on if given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the nation to include unity of the country, insecurity, economy and education, stressing that the country was at a cross road and needed an experienced hand to navigate through.
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He thanked delegates from Delta for the support given to him at the Port Harcourt convention in 2019 and appealed to them to vote for him in the PDP presidential convention billed for 28 and 29, this month in Abuja.
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Alhaji Abubakar said the issue of power rotation was enshrined in the party's constitution, pointing out that what the PDP needed at this time was to grab the power before entrenching rotation.
"We want to thank you very much indeed particularly for the support that we received from Delta in the last primaries that took place in Port Harcourt. We cherished that support and we value that support and we shall not forget that support.
"Having said that, we have come to another season of elections in the country but this season is unique because Nigeria has never found itself in this type of situation facing numerous challenges.
"That was why when l declared to run for the presidential election this time around, l identified five key areas that this country requires immediate attention.
"First of all, l identified the lack of unity in our country today. Why lack of unity because we have the government of APC which does not identify with our diversity, which does not respect our diversity and governs as if we all don't matter.
"And as a result of that, we have a very divided country and l said l will tackle this disunity on the first day of my presidency if elected."
The PDP presidential hopeful called on delegates to put competence and credibility above money in casting their votes for aspirants to fly the flag of the party.
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Meanwhile, emerging reports have confirmed that the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is on the brink of losing its alliance with the southeastern region of Nigeria.
The highly revered Igbo socio-cultural group, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned the decision of the PDP for casting out zoning in place of an open contest to select its presidential candidate.
This is coming barely 48 hours after the party announced it will be dumping the zoning system of selecting a presidential candidate in place of an open contest, a decision that did not sit right with southeasterners.