Wednesday, 15 August 2018

PDP primaries: Atiku solicits Oba of Benin’s blessings

BENIN—FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has solicited  the royal blessings of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11 as he faces the September 2018 presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Atiku, a PDP presidential aspirant for the 2019 election however, assured the Benin monarch that he would pursue his ambition with the fear of God, saying that he was not desperate to be the nation’s president. He was at the palace of the Benin monarch on a courtesy call during his visit to PDP faithful in the state. Atiku said that if he was desperate to be the nation’s president, he would have long achieved it and would not have stepped down for Chief MKO Abiola. He said: “What do you expect my critics to say as there is nothing wrong in entering the race? I can run as many times as possible. I am fit and qualified. I still have ideas that I believe are going to put this country on the right path. “So, what is wrong in running? I am not desperate and if I were desperate, I would have taken the presidency in 2003. If I were desperate, I would not have stepped down for Abiola in 1992. I am not desperate.” The former Vice President said his decision to contest for the position of the country’s number one citizen was borne out of his desire to improve the lots of Nigerians. He added that he would remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, even if he did not get the ticket to run as the nation’s president in 2019, noting that the nation was greater than an individual. The Omo’ N’ Oba however, wished him well in his political journey

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