2015: Obasanjo can endorse whoever he wants — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Monday said former President Olusegun Obasanjo had the right to endorse whoever he wanted for the 2015 presidential elections.

Mr. Abubakar said this in Abuja at a news conference organised by his media organisation to intimate the public of a policy review summit coming up at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta on Oct. 27.

Debunking claims that the three-day conference was a ploy to get Nigeria’s ex-president to endorse him for the next general elections, Mr. Atiku said the choice of Abeokuta for the conference was because his media organisation felt each time they went to Lagos, the people’s daily routine was usurped.

“Abeokuta is a more serene atmosphere for thinking and suits our purpose. It is not a strategy for endorsement.
“Obasanjo is in the PDP; he has a right to endorse anyone he wants as president but you will agree with me that the ultimate choice lies with the electorate,” Mr. Abubakar said.

According to him, the purpose of the news conference was to announce the upcoming summit and fine-tune the elemental details of a document he called the Atiku 2015 Policy Document.

“The draft policy to be reviewed was drawn up within the context of the manifesto of our party, the APC. This document provides an overview of our policy position.

“The main thrust is the explicit bid to modify the way the machinery of Federal Government works by clarifying and streamlining MDAs remits and responsibilities, removing overlaps and operational redundancies,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar said the key policy areas to be reviewed were employment generation and wealth creation, infrastructure and power.

Others are education and skills acquisition, security, citizenship and governance, agriculture and food security as well as the Niger Delta and North-East re-integration.

He said the youth should not rely on government for jobs, adding that government was structured in a way that wealth continued to circulate at the top echelon of society.

“Nigerians should not rely on the government for jobs as the government does not have money to do everything. We continue to make the mistake in this country that government can create the jobs we want.

“One way I will solve this is to sit down with various heads of the private sector, who are the major creator of jobs, give them tax rebates and tell them to create half a million jobs for me.

“Don’t forget that the millions of youth employed will pay tax and so whatever I lose from giving tax rebate I’ll gain again.

“If we stimulate the private sector, millions of jobs will be created and it will encourage direct flow of investment into the country,’’ Mr. Abubakar said.

(NAN)


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: Revealed!!! The Only Way Left of Getting an Extra Large Manhood and also Last Up to 38Mins+. Get the Insider Secret Here


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • bulltron10

    Atiku does not need OBJ’s endorsement since they are from different political parties. It is the head of ruling party that wants OBJ’s endorsement. having to chose between an ex president and a wanted drug baron is easy for anyone except our dear Mr clueless. Keep hobnobbing with criminals and see if the United States will ever trust you with arms.

  • AbujaKenneth

    It surprises me that OBJ that always find it difficult to win elections in his council area arrogate to himself the power to endorse or not to endorse any candidate. Certainly Nigeria’s own brand of democracy is beyond comprehension. Atiku see your Navigator.

  • This people again , I hope nigerians are not sleep

  • sunday Dankwai

    Atiku is a very good politicians

  • PEOPLE

    ATIKU AND OTHER NORTHERN LEADERS CREATED BOKO HARAM TO CAUSE PROBLEM JONATHAN. GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE ATIKU AND OTHERS

    • Mr. Abdin

      YOU NEED TO THINK BEFORE YOU TALK THE ERA OF ACCUSATION AND COUNTER ACCUSATION IS OVER NOW IS ELECTION TIME.

    • sir Oscie

      Do you have facts? Boko haram is a Nigeria issue and if we don’t treat it as such we will still be going round one circle without results.
      Stop the blame game pls.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Atiku you are absolutely right, the deciding votes for acquiring any political office lies with the electorates and i believe that come 2015 the best candidate will emerge to become the President of Nigeria.

  • sir Oscie

    The people as Atiku has rightly said DECIDES not Obj or anyone else.
    Atiku has all it takes to be the president is just left for the people to give him that mandate with or without Obj’s endorsement.
    The electorates holds the key.

  • dudu

    Atiku does not need OBJ’s endorsement, after all, we can also argue that OBJ is a poor judge of character when we consider how he foisted Yar’Adua and GEJ on Nigerians, Nigerians know better now.

    • Tunsj

      Well said! You took the words right out of my mouth. Thanks.