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‘Vote For Atiku On February 16’ – Afenifere, NEF, Ohanaeze, PANDEF, Others

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The electoral chances of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, received a fillip on Sunday as regional leaders and socio-cultural groups from the six regional zones of the country adopted him as their consensus candidate for the February 16 presidential election.

Speaking under the auspices of the Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders, with the theme, ‘Elections: The search for credible, free and fair elections,’ the group said Atiku possessed the capability and knowledge to lead the nation.

The electoral chances of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, received a fillip on Sunday as regional leaders and socio-cultural groups from the six regional zones of the country adopted him as their consensus candidate for the February 16 presidential election.

Speaking under the auspices of the Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders, with the theme, ‘Elections: The search for credible, free and fair elections,’ the group said Atiku possessed the capability and knowledge to lead the nation.

Afenifere leader, Adebanjo, said the summit was only concerned about the unity of the country, arguing that the PDP presidential candidate believed in restructuring the country having written and delivered several papers on it.

“Those of you present here will save Nigeria, so you must do everything in your power to ensure that Atiku wins; a vote for Atiku is a vote for national unity. In Afenifere, we don’t follow people blindly; Atiku believes in restructuring and he has delivered papers on it,” the Yoruba elder noted.

The President of NEF said his association had earlier announced that it would not support any northern politician that failed to perform in office, hence their opposition to Buhari who the body endorsed and worked for in 2015.

Abdullahi said the forum presented a document on governance to the President shortly after he came to power, but the government jettisoned the blueprint.

“Based on our assessment, it is very clear the country requires a new leadership and that is why the Northern Elders Forum agreed that the leader is Atiku Abubakar,” the NEF chairman said.

Ijaw leader, Clark, stated that the Niger Delta, which produced the nation’s wealth, was being neglected, noting that the cost of fuel was higher in the region than in other parts of the country.

“I have watched and seen various political campaigns and I have seen the President Nigeria deserves. I am satisfied by our choice. I join Ohanaeze, Afenifere and the rest of us that Nigeria should have a capable, intelligent President; a President with personality. So, on behalf of the Niger Delta, Atiku is our presidential candidate,” he added.

Pogu, the MBF President, said the Middle Belt people believed the PDP candidate possessed the capacity to lead the nation.

The summit, in a communique, also expressed its goodwill to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for surviving a helicopter crash in Kogi on Saturday.

The statement, read by Yinka Odumakin, said the group adopted Atiku as the consensus candidate for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “as he has demonstrated the deep understanding of the critical need of the country at this time and has the capacity to proffer clear solutions in that respect.”

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