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General News of Monday, 1 August 2022


Work of next president should be uniting the people - Atiku

Presidential candiate, Atiku Abubakar Presidential candiate, Atiku Abubakar

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said the work of Nigeria’s next president in 2023 was already cut out for him and it’s to unite the people.

Atiku, who claimed the hallmark of his aspiration was to unite Nigerians and the country that has been disunited by the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to its misrule, however, rallied the support of the youths and women ahead of next year’s election.

Relatedly, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and other stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including governors of the party, yesterday, met in Abuja, with a view to reconciling Atiku and Wike.

Atiku, in a statement yesterday, said, “And like I did say to those patriotic youths yesterday, the principal credential that the next president of this great country must possess is the ability to unite us and make our very diversity the source of our strength. That’s who we are as Nigerians!

“At a time when some have chosen to divide us along our fault lines and religion, you’ve chosen to be a part of the Nigeria tribe that believes in one people, one future and one country. And, that is why you are important in the success that we seek to achieve in the upcoming campaign. The next election, more than anything else, is a contest between the unity of Nigeria and others, who take actions that make the rest of us vaguely uncomfortable.

“But you have chosen to be at the right side of the contest and Ifeanyi and I are happy to have you on our side. We know we shall accomplish success in this campaign, because we trust in God and in your ability to convince more Nigerians in your circle of friends and associates to be on our side – the side, where everyone has a future to be part of,” Atiku said.

Atiku, who also spoke at the public declaration for Atiku and induction ceremony by the Diamond Ladies in Politics in Abuja, said the youths and women are the game changers in the 2023.

Represented by his daughter, Hajia Mariam, Atiku said: “the 2023 is all about the youths and women. So, all the women and youths must get involved in nation-building and most especially, get involved in the forthcoming election. Atiku would take the country back to where it is supposed to be.”

Convener of the Diamond Ladies in politics, Maimunat Wada, also pledged to mobilise no fewer than 2 million votes for Atiku in the presidential poll.

Speaking too, a Georgia, US-based Professor of Medicine, Prof. Emeka Umerah, in a keynote address at the occasion, paid glowing tribute to Atiku over the role he played in the truncation of the alleged third term agenda of former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007.

However, as part of the ongoing reconciliations within the PDP, the Wike, last night, met with some with governors and stakeholders of the party.
The meeting, which started about 4.30 pm yesterday, held at the Rivers state governor’s lodge.

The agenda of the meeting was unclear at press time, but indications were that it was in connection to the festering post-presidential primary crisis, which has seen the party divided into two major camps.

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