The Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar was on Sunday endorsed by leaders of major regional bodies and ethnic nationalities across the country, telling their members to vote massively for the PDP Presidential candidate.
The group under the auspices of Nigeria Leaders and Elders were made up of the leaders of Afenifere, Northern Elders Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).
In his speech, President of Ohaneze Ndibgo, John Nwodo said President Muhammadu Buhari has put the nation’s security in jeopardy and should not be allowed to come back as President, adding that under his leadership, Nigeria is undergoing constitutional breeches and skewed ethnic considerations on appointment.
Also speaking, the leader of the Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo stressed that a man who would endorse two governorship candidates for one state is not mentally fit to continue as Nigerian President.
Adebanjo said the President has shown clearly that he is incapable of leading the country further as he has lost control of even his Party and speaks at cross purpose with his party chairman.
Adding his voice, Former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clarke accused the Buhari government of working against the interest of the Niger Delta, replacing sons of the area in key appointments in the country.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in his reaction described the latest endorsement as a big challenge on his mission to unite the country and rescue the economy.
Atiku in a statement on Sunday which he personally signed said, “I am moved to tears that in the midst of deep divisions and deliberate use of instrumentalities of state to set our people against themselves in the last three and a half years, responsible and respected leaders across Nigeria have agreed to come together for the purpose of endorsing my candidature for the February 16th, 2019 Presidential elections.
“The endorsement by the leading lights of our nationalities – Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and MiddleBelt Forum is a loud statement that there is hope for our country as we go to the polls in a few days.
“Today we put aside all our prejudices to elect a President with religion and ethnicity playing no role in our elections. I profusely thank our Leaders across the country who have created this wonderful moment for us to come to the table of brotherhood. Once again, and in the words of our old National Anthem, we can proudly sing: “Though tribes and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we stand”.
“This has buoyed me to lead a Pan-Nigerian team that will give practical interpretation to what has been done by the time I take leadership of our country, by the grace of Allah, on May 29, 2019.
Many countries of the world have been led into disintegration by strongmen (one in each country) and we have seen how individuals who understand the management of diversities have rallied their people for unity.
“I have been chosen to unite our people and exactly that I will. I will run a properly federated Nigeria through constitutional reforms to bring out the best from all sections of Nigeria to make her work again like in the past when the Saudi Royal family came to Nigeria to access Medicare.
“We will promote an inclusive Nigeria based on productivity that every section of Nigeria will bring out the best under their soil, and in their brain to make Nigeria assume its position in Africa and the globe .
“It would be 100% for every section of Nigeria as I would not understand any arithmetic outside that.
I enjoin our people across Nigeria to come out en-mass to vote on February 16 to pull our country from the brink and propel it to greater heights so we can live a better life.