Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to accord him the right of first refusal on the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.
According to Atiku, who was at the party’s headquarters to drum up support for his presidential aspiration, said the 11 million votes he garnered at the 2019 election qualifies him to be accorded the right of first refusal on the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.
“I dare say Mr. Chairman, that I am the best candidate. Under normal circumstances Mr. Chairman, this is a guy who has already 11 million votes in his kitty.” he said
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“And I think, as a party, you should give me the right of first refusal but we are in a democracy. All I can urge you is to make sure that you conclude the same way you started by being very fair, very credible and giving every contestant the opportunity to face the electorate.”
“Nigeria was indebted. We have no foreign reserves, the economy was in shambles. Mr. Chairman, and very many of you here who are in doubt may know that by the time we left, we left Nigeria in the healthiest economic position. We have done it before, Mr. Chairman, we can do it again.”
“I believe that is the best way to get Nigeria developed to its fullest capacity by giving autonomy and resources to the various components.
“There are some of us who grew up in the First Republic when we had regions that were virtually in charge of everything in their respective regions; ranging from security to economy, to everything.
“And we saw how we fed and we believe this is the best way to make sure that this country is developed to its fullest potential.
“Mr. Chairman and members of the National Working Committee, I am really not here to lecture you.
“I am just really here to inform you of my decision to run again, and also to urge you to provide the right kind of leadership so that the best candidate can emerge.
“We all know, every Nigerian knows that the APC has failed but we should not take Nigerians for granted. We should go all out to let them know that the APC has failed and that it will continue to fail.”