…Saraki picks nomination form
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday, wept when he listened to the plight of Nigerians, as he accepted the presidential nomination form bought on his behalf by his supporters.
Atiku betrayed his emotion and shed tears at his campaign secretariat in Abuja, when one of his supporters, Princess Adekemi Adesanya, narrated the plight of Nigerians and lamented the state of the nation while presenting the expression of interest and presidential nomination form bought by supporters to the former vice president.
He was impressed that his supporters, majority of who are young Nigerians repose confidence in him as someone capable of being instrumental to addressing the many challenges they are currently passing through.
Atiku said, “The event of today is significant; it’s historic because this is the only time in my political career that young men and women in this country have come together without my knowledge or even consent to contribute their own hard earned money to buy me a nomination form and expression of interest form.
“But, you could have seen one of the people who spoke; the lady who spoke virtually succeeded in getting me to weep. This is because she aptly described the challenges every Nigerian is facing in this country today, and she believed honestly and sincerely from the bottom of her heart that I can be an instrument of addressing those challenges.
“And believe me, addressing those challenges are possible because we have brought young men and women; Nigerians who have got the talents, who have got the education, who have got the experience, who have got all what it takes to honestly turn this country around.
“But putting together such talented young Nigerians requires leadership and it is that leadership we have not been fortunate enough to have on a consistent basis so that this country can take its rightful position in Africa and indeed, the world.
“So, for such a woman to believe that I have got those leadership qualities and including those of you who have brought out your monies to buy this form is one of the most serious challenges I have ever faced in my political career”.
Promising to complete the cross- nationwide bridge-building process started by his political mentor, the late Gen Musa Shehu Yar’Adua, the Waziri Adamawa said he has what it takes to take Nigeria out of the political and economic woods and put the nation back on the path of prosperity.
He hoped that the good gesture of his supporters will translate into his nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and subsequently, winning the February 2019 presidential election “so that together we can make Nigeria work”.
Atiku added further that “on the day that I will submit my nomination form, let us overwhelm the PDP secretariat and bring Abuja to a standstill to the extent that the PDP will have no alternative than to give me the ticket”.
Adai Edwin Adai, who led the Atiku Support Group to buy the form on his behalf, said that the nation is tired of President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government and was optimistic that Atiku is the man that can correct the many wrongs of the APC administration and the ills of the society.
He discarded speculations that Atiku may dump the PDP, saying that the former vice president will remain in the party even if he loses the presidential ticket to another aspirant.
One of the arrowheads of the support group, Oladimeji Fabiyi said that Atiku as a democrat who has contributed immensely to the building of the current democratic dispensation will not do anything to derail the process.
He said, “He is a member of the PDP and he will not do anything anti-democratic, adding that Atiku has the capacity, the experience and wealth to pursue his presidential ambition and that he is not under any threat to dump the PDP.
It is instructive to note that Atiku’s four cardinal campaign thrusts are job creation, employment and empowerment opportunities, unity of the country and security of lives and properties.
Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki has crowned his presidential intention declaration by picking the PDP nomination form
The Director General, Saraki Presidential Campaign Organization, Mohammed Wakil, on Friday picked the expression of interest and nomination forms on his behalf at the PDP secretariat in Abuja.