A former Governor of Anambra State and the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, has described Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, who turned 72 today as a “true Nigerian and a committed democrat”. He was speaking to journalists in Yola yesterday.
Noting the varied contributions of Atiku to societal upliftment, Obi drew attention to Atiku’s varied roles as an entrepreneur, job-creator, wealth-creator, educational proprietor, committed democrat and promoter of national unity.
“Having seen it all”, Obi continued, “Alhaji Atiku is manifestly desirous of being part of the glorious era of Nigeria, when it shall be said that the Nigerian Renaissance started. I appeal to Nigerians to give him a chance through their votes to further demonstrate his commitment to the meaningful development of our great country”.
Obi who said it was a privilege being Atiku’s running mate, revealed he was first attracted to him after following his activities and his deep and well-thought-out solutions to Nigerian problems which he kept reeling out, piece-meal, each time he reacted to the many unwholesome developments going on in the country.
“We have had many leaders in the past that were persuaded to come out. We have had many that came out not realising what they were going into. We have had many who saw leadership as open sesame to fame and fortune. In Atiku, we see a man seeking leadership fully prepared to avoid the pitfalls of those that came there as adventurers,” Obi concluded.