Atiku reacts to Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari
—-says he spoke the mind of many Nigerian
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has said that Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari was a proof of the failure of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC).
He stated this during his visit to Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose in Government House in Ekiti. the former vice president hailed Governor Fayose,
Atiku who stressed that he was one of the founding members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) noted that what Obasanjo outlined in his letter was not different from what were in the mind of every patriotic Nigerian
Atiku said: “The letter was a personal issue between two individuals, so I won’t like to comment on it. However, the letter confirmed that the APC government under Buhari has failed Nigerians.”
Atiku said since his return home to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ekiti was the first state he was visiting for consultations with party leaders.
According to him, he and Fayose struck a good relationship since his first tenure when he himself was vice president.
“He is blunt and straightforward, a sharpshooter in politics and I respect him for that. But above all, he is also the chairman of our governor’s forum. Today, among the governors, among the party generally, he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue. “Another unique thing the governor has done is telling me that his deputy is being supported as the party candidate in the next election, this is a very rare feat in the democratic system of our country.
“How many deputy governors have succeeded their governors? It means he has foresight and wants someone to continue his good works,” the former vice president said.
In his reaction, Fayose described Atiku’s ambition as legitimate and a welcomed development for the party.
He said: “Vice President Atiku has not spoken to me privately about his ambition, and maybe he would do that in our private meeting. But his body language obviously shows he has an ambition which is legitimate. We will all examine everybody and we will have a level playing ground, as he has come, others will still come.
“I have paid my dues, I am not a hidden voice. I have all it takes to lead this country, but whichever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first, it is above our individual aspiration. Whoever the party finally picks as the party’s candidate will be supported by others.”
“I want to assure you that we only have leadership in Abuja, real party is in the states and at the local government level, we have done it before, we will do it again.