Abuja, Nigeria: The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Nigeria Vice President Atiku Abubakar, says his endorsement by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and Middle Belt Forum, shows there is hope for Nigeria.
In a statement he personally signed on Sunday, the PDP candidate said the fact that the leaders had decided to set aside their differences and unite to support his candidature, was a loud statement and a decision he said moved him to tears.
“The endorsement by the leading lights of our nationalities – Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and Middle Belt Forum is a loud statement that there is hope for our country as we go to the polls in a few days.
“I am moved to tears that in the midst of deep divisions and deliberate use of instrumentalities of state to set our people against themselves in the last three and a half years, responsible and respected leaders across Nigeria have agreed to come together for the purpose of endorsing my candidature for the February 16th, 2019 presidential elections,” he said.
Atiku, therefore, promised to unite every region and zone of the country if elected President.
He said, “I will run a properly federated Nigeria through constitutional reforms to bring out the best from ALL sections of Nigeria to make Nigeria work again like in the past when the Saudi Royal family came to Nigeria to access Medicare.
“We will promote an inclusive Nigeria based on productivity that every section of Nigeria will bring out the best under their soil, and in their brain to make Nigeria assume its position in Africa and the global community.
“It would be 100 per cent for every section of Nigeria as I would not understand any arithmetic outside that.”
Atiku’s comments come few hours after leaders of the various groups backed his candidature less than two weeks to the presidential election.
The leaders declared their support for the PDP candidate on Sunday at a meeting tagged: Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders.
While explaining the reason for their decision, they accused President Muhammadu Buhari of dividing the country and not having control of the presidency.
EARLIER: Ohaneze, Northern Elders Forum, Others Endorse Atiku For Nigeria President
Leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta forum, the Middle Belt Forum, and a faction of Afenifere have endorsed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as their presidential candidate.
Speaking at a meeting tagged: Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders, the leaders noted that they arrived at the conclusion after series of meetings with the presidential candidates in the past months.
They accused President Muhammadu Buhari of dividing the country and not having control of the presidency.
They, therefore, believe that the PDP candidate has better plans for Nigeria compared to that of the APC-led Federal Government.
In attendance for the meeting were; Dr Pogu Bitrus (Middle Belt Forum), Ago Abdullahi (Northern Elders Forum) and Ayo Fasanmi (Afenifere).
Others were Edwin Clarke (Pan Niger Delta Forum), John Nwodo (Ohanaeze Ndigbo) and Buba Galadima.