Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has made his case as the best candidate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can field if the opposition intends to wrestle power from President Muhammadu Buhari, underlining that he is the only PDP presidential aspirant who has what it takes to defeat the former general.
Mr. Atiku said this in an exclusive interview with Sunday Punch, indirectly warning his party not to choose a candidate that would not be able to win the election.
The PDP presidential aspirant said, “Atiku Abubakar has experience in both the public and private sector. As Vice President, my support for democracy is without match. My headship of the economic management team propelled the era of privatisation which stimulated the economy to grow at 7seven per cent annually.
“In the private sector, I have a track record of job creation and I had created more jobs than any other aspirant. I have the ability to see opportunities and turn them to wealth creating opportunities.
“I have the ability to pool the best minds together to move the country forward and has proven that both in the public sector and my private businesses.
“I am a detribalised leader who sees Nigeria as his constituency.
“Atiku has a great understanding of governance; he is a person with vision, passion, policies and political will to get things done.
“Atiku Abubakar is the one candidate with experience across the regions, states and local governments of Nigeria; he is not the candidate of one area or denomination. He has support across Nigeria – from youth, farmers and business people. The delegates of PDP, from across Nigeria will recognise Atiku as the one candidate who can defeat the APC and bring jobs and opportunities, unity, security and development to all of Nigerians.”
In 2015, Nigerians voted for change and in the last three years, they have grown increasingly distressed about the change they received – job losses, businesses closed, farmers impoverished, our people being divided more than ever before and rising insecurity, he regretted.
Mr. Atiku promised that, if he won the PDP presidential primary, he would run a campaign across all of Nigeria that begins addressing these issues.
“My campaign will be like his government talking and working with the states and people of Nigeria to restructure and create jobs, wealth for farmers, and business opportunities for youths and lifting Nigerians out of poverty. The campaign will be the start of getting Nigeria working again,” he added.
The PDP Presidential Primary holds on Oct. 6th in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.