I will restructure Nigeria in six months, says Atiku

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has said that he would restructure the country within six months of assuming office if elected the president in 2019.

Atiku stated this yesterday while addressing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Lagos State at the party’s secretariat along Adekunle Fajuyi way, Ikeja, during a consultation visit to the state. He that his immediate priority would be to restructure the country and make the presidential position less attractive, while equally devolving power to other regions.

He urged the party delegates to vote him as the party’s presidential candidate in the forthcoming PDP Presidential primary.

“I would restructure the country within the six months when I assume office. I would make the centre less attractive and I would devolve power to regions,” he said.

According to him, “This is one of the most important elections we have faced in the country; because the future of our children and  grandchildren would be decided  in this election, if you make the mistake of voting for the wrong person you would have yourselves to blame and the future of your children”.

Atiku further said that the  PDP would have easily won Lagos State in the 2003 general election, but he deliberately left the state because of plea by the then governor of the state and presently the leader of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in whom he had a close relationship.

“When we came to power in1999, the entire South-western states was under the control of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), and when we were approaching 2003; I told my boss give me the authority to take over the Southwest which I did, except Lagos. By history, me and Bola Tinubu have come a long way; we were in PDM and other groups together, when this was going on Tinubu said I should leave Lagos for him.

“I could easily have taken Lagos but today we have lost the South-western states to the party called APC. My brothers, I want you to forgive me for leaving Lagos out of that arrangement. If I have another opportunity Lagos would go and I know what I did to preserve Lagos.

“So my brothers and sisters, I want to appeal to you to give me the chance to return; so that I can correct that mistake that brought us to where we are today.”

Speaking further, Atiku, accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of mismanaging the affairs of the country, lamenting the worsening insecurity and poor state of the economy since it assumed office.

“And we have the worst economy since 1999. This government met GDP at 7 percent and when they came they crash it to recession, and we are still trying to recover; they have made life difficult for us. I have never seen the country so insecure as it is today. In the north, I can’t go to farm; there would be food scarcity after the raining season,” he said.

Atiku recently re-joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a party he was a founding member, but left in 2013 to join a bloc of alliances which formed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He subsequently contested the APC presidential ticket in 2014, but was defeated by the incumbent President Buhari.

 

Iniobong Iwok

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