Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has declared his intension to contest for the seat of the president under the platform of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general election.
The former Vice President made the declaration yesterday at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, amidst crowd of supporters that thronged the venue, warning that with the present dilapidated situation across the country, “Nigeria is on auto-pilot with no one in charge.”
Atiku, who was vice president under former President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, said he wanted to become president in order to lead a government that will rebuild the institutions of governance with zero tolerance for corruption and nepotism, where hard work and dedication are adequately rewarded.
He stressed that he will assemble the best brains in the land and provides the political will and commitment, so that together and with the cooperation of the people, his administration will build a nation of Nigerians’ dream.
Atiku, while lamenting the inability of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administrations to build further on the legacies bequeathed to them by the past Obasanjo administration, listing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Bureau of Procurement and SERVICOM among others, which he said have been turned into mere shadows; he however said the never-say-die attitude of Nigerians gives him hope, which was one of the reasons he could never give up on the country.
“The glaring mismatch between our potentials and our achievements has become for many a frustrating puzzle; for others it is a topic for national debate; and yet for another group, it is doomsday lament. But as a progressive and open-minded Nigerian, I consider it a golden opportunity and a bittersweet chance to display our courage, rekindle our innovative instinct, showcase our character and turn the Nigerian dream into reality” he stated.
The Turakin Adamawa observed that the 2015 election is about Nigerians, how to ensure that they live safe and secured lives, as well as making sure that they feed well, receive quality and affordable education and training, secure good jobs, support their own families and contribute positively to the development of the country, adding that that was what a responsive and responsible government owed its citizens.
“I have, therefore, decided that I will, along with other respected leaders of our party, seek nomination as a candidate of the APC to contest the Presidential election of 2015.
“I want to lead a government that will invest in its people, because people constitute the wealth of any nation. I want to lead a government that will create “A Nigeria for all”. A Nigeria that is not about North or South, Christian or Muslim, but about a better tomorrow where every citizen will feel secure, act with patriotism, having assurance of the fulfillment of his or her aspirations” he declared.
Pointing out that regardless of the loud and lavish political propaganda, deceit, official impunity and unjust applications of powers of patronage and sanctions by the PDP administrations, the former VP assured that the APC remained strong and capable of fulfilling the nation’s thirst for change, saying his administration would do so, united across regions, religions and generations.
“We need a strong, dynamic, decisive, competent and visionary leadership that can halt the current drift of the ship of state, fight corruption, create jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, provide social services and tackle insecurity in a decisive, robust multi-pronged way.
“This is the change we want and deserve and this is the change the APC is primed to offer. And that is why I am a proud member of this platform for change” Atiku further stated.