JOHNSON OJO, Ado Ekiti
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has asked for the support of Ekiti State delegates in the coming national convention of the party, saying he has a programme to develop Nigeria.
During the visit, the presidential hopeful as received by Ekiti State prospective delegates of the party to the convention, and the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, admonished that the party must unite to be able to wrest power from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Governor Fayose called for unity of the members of the party, saying Atiku had “the shoulder, you have the height, you have the wherewithal. Our prayer is that it will not be an effort in futility.”Charging the party on unity, Fayose noted that “the greatest problem PDP may have is if we don’t go to that election as brothers and sisters.”
He said: “The task before the PDP at this time is not about who has been in the party before and who is just joining. It is about rescuing Nigeria and its people from the calamity of this Buhari’s government.”While wishing Atiku well, the governor said “come October 6th, this journey will fall in wonderful places for you.”
Speaking earlier, Atiku lamented that the country had allegedly sunk into more corruption in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and also claimed that even during the civil war, Nigeria had not been as insecure as the country was in this dispensation.He told the delegates that “I have come to appeal to you to support me in our party’s convention. I have the programme that will best develop this country. I wish to appeal for your individual and collective support.”
Addressing Fayose, he described his as “brutally frank”, saying “I like the way you do things. You’re brutally frank. You say your mind; it’s a very, very rare quality. So, I commend for who you are. We will stand by you and the party in Ekiti, until you retrieve your stolen mandate.”
The former vice president reiterated that allegations of corruption were false, saying he had always called that “if you have any evidence of corruption against Atiku, please come forward. But nobody has been able to come forward.”
While welcoming Atiku, chairman of the PDP in Ekiti State, Chief Gboyega Oguntuwase, said “we have an interest within this your project and by the grace of God, we want this your project to succeed. Nigeria shall laugh, Ekiti shall laugh.”
Oguntuwase said: “Atiku is the option to a ‘lifeless president’. He’s not dead, but he is not somebody that can be counted to lead Nigeria to the Promised Land.”
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