Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has reiterated his belief that an Igbo individual can only become Nigeria’s President after he has taken a shot at the position.
Abubakar, who previously served as Nigeria’s Vice President, made this statement during a campaign rally in Enugu on Tuesday.
He said “When I came to Enugu a few months ago for a town hall meeting, I told you that I am going to be the stepping stone to an Igbo President. And I mean that statement.
“Whether from the South-East or South-South, I am going to make sure that an Igbo becomes President after me as President because the Igbo is a universal race. That’s why I chose an Igbo man from Delta as my running mate.
“As you can see, Nigeria is geared towards a PDP government. So, the next Federal Government is going to be formed by the PDP. I appeal to Enugu people to make sure that you remain in the PDP so that you be in the mainstream and be part of that government.” He added.
Atiku Abubakar expressed joy at the large turnout of supporters who welcomed him to the event. He stated that the impressive crowd was a clear indication that Enugu State was in support of the PDP’s agenda.
However, notable in his absence was the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is one of the G-5 governors that are said to be dissatisfied with Abubakar’s candidacy.
The campaign rally was attended by a host of notable personalities, including the deputy governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecelia Ezeilo, members of the State Working Committee of the party, and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi. Other personalities in attendance included the member representing Enugu North, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, and the deputy minority leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu.