By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar Friday wept
at his Presidential Campaign Office shortly after obtaining
his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters in Abuja. On 31st August, 2018
Atiku who was filled with emotions while receiving the
forms from the Atiku Support Groups (ASG) which
purchased same for him, reiterated his commitment to the
Nigerian cause, and promised to do everything possible not
to disappoint Nigerians if given the opportunity.
Unable to overcome his emotions while a member of the
ASG, Princess Adekemi Adesanya was painting in graphic
details, the sorry state of affairs in the nation, the former
Vice President fought back tears as he sobbed, whipping his
eyes with the aid of a white handkerchief.
He said: “The event today (purchase of nomination form) is
significant and 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 an
Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.
“You could have seen that one of the ladies 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 could be an
instrument of addressing those challenges.
“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 by this form, is one of the most
serious challenges I have ever faced in my political career.
“And believe me, addressing those challenges is 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 take to
honestly turn this country around.”
Atiku also attributed the slow pace of development in the
country to the failure to harness the creative energies of
young people by successive administrations.
“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 that this
country has not been able to take her rightful rightful
position in Africa and indeed, the world,” he stressed.
That said, the Wazirin Adamawa eulogised former Chief of
Staff, Supreme Headquarters, General Shehu Musa Yar’
Adua (of blessed memory) on whose feet, he learnt the
rudiments of partisan politics.
His words: “The man who actually brought me into politics,
the late Shehu Yar’dua, when he invited me as a young man
told us to
break the regional siege that every parts of this country had
been subjected to.
“He asked us reach out to every Nigerian across the Niger.
To him and for him, that was a major objective; so when he
died and I decided to build the Yar’ Adua centre in his
memory, we got an architect to design the uncompleted
“The significance of that bridge was that we had started
building bridges of understanding and unity across this
country and unfortunately, the man who started building
that bridge died. I wish I could complete building that
He thanked his supporters, and assured them of his
commitment to job creation if voted into office as President
even as urged them to accompany him to Wadata Plaza for
the submission of the forms.
“On that day (submission of forms), let us overwhelm the
PDP secretariat, let us bring Abuja to a stand still. I bet you
by the time we overwhelm the secretariat and bring Abuja
to a stand still, the PDP will have no alternative than to give
us the ticket,” he added.
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