With just 24 hours to the PDP national convention which will pick the party’s flagbearer for the 2019 general elections, the campaign team of former vice president Atiku Abubakar, has made its closing arguments.
The Director-General of the campaign, Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun state, released an open letter to delegates entitled, History Beckons.
“I have the greatest pleasure to present Atiku Abubakar, GCON, the Waziri Adamawa, former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the most competent, most capable aspirant, the best option and the man who is ready for the task of getting Nigeria working again, as the candidate for our political party in the February, 2019 Presidential election,” Daniel said.
He made the stake for what is at stake for the delegates:
In his view, that was a decision on: “Who can help Nigeria at this critical time? Who has the capacity to deliver? Who can defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari truly on behalf of our great party? Who Can Save Nigeria at this point in time? Who can take back power on behalf of Nigerians away from dictators as we have in Aso Rock at the moment and return it to the People?”
“I am convinced, just as I know you all are, that ONLY ATIKU ABUBAKAR can guarantee hope of winning against the incumbent in 2019 and restore power back to Nigerians,” he said.
He itemized several issues currently wrong with the state of the nation: From the alleged frustration which makes up to “82 Nigerians knowingly take their own lives” yearly, to the poverty level, the unemployment, corruption, violence, and lack of competitiveness.
Then he made the case for Atiku:
- A highly successful businessman, the largest employer of labour in the country, who knows and has the wherewithal about creating jobs and employment
- A detribalised Nigerian who can unite every segments of the country
- Capable of providing Security through massive employment and job creation; coming from a paramilitary background, he is clearly not a novice about security.
- Empathic to the plight of ordinary citizens. He is a humane.
- He has the intellectual wherewithal to make Nigeria work again. Nigerians love him, Nigerians want him.
Four years ago, Atiku came third in the APC primary, behind Muhammadu Buhari and Rabiu Kwankwaso. Atiku did a lot of campaigning and wooing, but an influential bloc within the party led by Bola Tinubu preferred Buhari, and in the end Atiku’s efforts came to nothing. The former VP is hoping that the outcome will be different this time. But once again, he faces an uphill battle as it appears that there is an influential opposition bloc against his candidacy within the party led by Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike. Atiku would be hoping the outcome is different this time.