2023: Atiku Abubakar Says Arewa Needs a Pan-Nigerian Leader
- Atiku Abubakar says he stands shoulder high than other contestants in the race to become Nigeria's next president
- The former vice president stated that even as a northerner, he has built bridges of unity across the country
- The PDP presidential candidate also enumerated his plans for reforms in educational and agricultural sectors of the country
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Kaduna - Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has said that the credential of national inclusivity, not ethnicity should be an ideal that the northern part of the county should examine in electing a new president for the country in the 2023 elections.
The former vice president of Nigeria made the remarks when he featured as a guest of the Arewa Joint Committee interactive sessions with various presidential candidates of political parties on Saturday, October 15 in Kaduna.
He noted that with a political career that spans more than three decades, he stands shoulder high as a northerner who has built bridges of unity across the country.
Paul Ibe, his spokesman, quoted him as saying in a statement sent to Legit.ng:
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“I have been in politics for more than three decades and I am a northerner. So, if you ask me why I am the best candidate to lead Nigeria in 2023, I will simply say that what Nigeria needs is a pan-Nigerian president, not whether he is Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa-Fulani.”
The session, which took place at the Arewa House was attended by high ranking leaders of various north based socio-cultural bodies.
Atiku, while delivering his speech at the event, highlighted the key policy agendas which he seeks to pursue if elected president to include promoting national unity through deliberate actions that will secure mutual trust and confidence amongst all tendencies.
The other policy areas that the former vice president enumerated are reforms in education, agriculture and reversing the economic downturn of the country.
Atiku vows to rescue Nigeria from poverty, insecurity as PDP hosts rally in Uyo
Recall that Atiku recently promised to rescue Nigeria from insecurity, poverty, disunity and youth unemployment.
He stated this on Monday, October 10 during the official kick-off of the PDP presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, said if elected he would fix Nigeria’s education sector.
He said the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and poor condition of the nation’s universities and welfare of university teachers will be addressed headlong.
PDP presidential campaign council appoints Dele Momodu, others as directors
Meanwhile, 17 PDP chieftains have been appointed to head various directorates of the party's presidential campaign.
Notable on the long list is renowned publisher and former presidential aspirant, Aare Dele Momodu.
Also listed is a former minister of aviation and popular Anambra PDP chieftain, Chief Osita Chidoka.