The Chairman of All Atiku support group, Oladineji Fabiyi has highlighted reasons why ex-vice president, Atiku Abubakar remains the best option for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at the 2019 presidential elections.
Fabiyi, who spoke with Sun, said that Atiku is the only person that can defeat Buhari at the polls because of his track record.
“For Atiku Abubakar that I know, he is qualified under the constitution of Nigeria to contest for the office of the president. He has been the Vice President in the past and I think it’s the next level he can go to. He may have a good relationship with Goodluck Jonathan but the decision to run is his. They may have a relationship, but the decision to run for presidency is solely that of Atiku. Former President Goodluck Jonathan would not be doing anything bad to say Atiku has the capacity to do it, give advice, but to say he wants to impose him on the party, I don’t think that is true.”
“Sule Lamido also wants to contest but it’s democracy, it’s about election, everybody would go to the field, test their popularity and the best candidate will win. I believe that the era of imposition and impunity has gone in PDP with this new leadership under Prince Uche Secondus. I have had the opportunity to work with him and I know he’s a man of integrity and strong character; it’s just for the party to create a level playing field for all the aspirants and allow the best candidate to emerge.”
“Let’s be honest, the only candidate that can win presidential election for PDP as we speak today is Atiku, the only person that can defeat the incumbent president is Atiku because of his track records, networks and structures across the country. The relationship cut across religion, ethnic and gender relationship. It has been so overwhelming and I see him getting the ticket of the party, the party should just create a level playing field for all the aspirants.”
He went on further; “He was in APC, now he’s in PDP. One thing that is going well for Atiku Abubakar is that he has fierce loyalists. If tomorrow Atiku leaves PDP and say he wants to run as an independent candidate, we will see the massive vote he would get. As at today, under my care are almost 600 credible Support groups rooting for Atiku and there is none of these groups that its membership is less than 100,000. That can be translated to vote if effectively managed.”
“So the fact that he was in APC, now in PDP does not even change the kind of support base he has because while bringing up these loyalists, the thing on their mind was whichever way Atiku goes we go. For them it is about Atiku, not about the party that is where the APC should watch it. It was during Atiku’s time as Chairman of NCP, that Nigeria had the best of economy in this country and the record is unbeaten. “
“For anybody to say he has not done anything is uncharitable. It was during his time that PDP was much focused. The moment the crisis between him and Obasanjo grew, the unity of the party broke down completely. Nobody can say he has not done anything as Vice President, lots of landmark achievements. The so called El-Rufai of today was brought out of obscurity and given platform that made him a Director General, then minister, by Atiku. Today he’s a governor.”
“One thing you would give to Atiku is his consistency in everything he has been doing; he has made it a point of duty to always be on the side of people. Here is a man who has tasted poverty and affluence; he knows how it is to be poor; somebody who was an orphan at a very tender age knows how it feels to be one. “