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Published On: Tue, Oct 2nd, 2018

Why I’ve not been elected president – Atiku

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By Lateef Ibrahim Abuja

Former Vice President and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alh Atiku Abubakar has attributed his inability to be elected the President of the country in the past on what he called the conspiracy theory of the political elite.
This is even as he declared that no political leader in Nigeria can claim not to have defected from one party to another at one point in time or the other.
Atiku stated these on Sunday night, while answering questions at a presidential nomination media chat organized by the United Nigeria Group (UNG) at the Silverbird gallery in Abuja.
The former Vice President of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007 equally pledged to maintain a cordial working relationship with members of the National Assembly if elected the president of the country in 2019.
He pointed out that with the right political skill, maintaining a very good and cordial relationship, devoid of rancour as presently being witnessed in the country between the executive and legislative arms, was possible.
Speaking on why he had not been elected president of the country despite all his past efforts Atiku said, “It is what I call the conspiracy theory of the political elite”.
Continuing, the Waziri Adamawa said, “If you are not going to be used, if you are not going to satisfy their personal aspiration.
“Part of the problem they have with me, is that they say am independent, principle and so on. “Honestly it is the conspiracy of the political elite and unfortunately the Nigeria public is not politically sophisticated to override the conspiracy of these political elites.
“They rely on the political elites to direct them”, he explained.
On how he will ensure a cordial working relationship between the executive and the National Assembly, if he elected the next president of the country, the former Vice President said, “It requires political skill. I have done it before. During our administration I was in charge of dealing with the National Assembly, and we did not encounter any challenge as we have it today.
“There were differences in political parties, and other differences were there and they will continue to be there. It requires me to get someone with the skills and experience to deal with National Assembly to achieve the restructuring agenda.
“I will work parfectly with that National Assembly to achieve those fundamental issues like restructuring, economic growth, diversification, unity, security and many more”.
Asked why he been defecting from one party to the other in his quest to realize his presidential aspiration, Atiku retorted, “Tell me one political leader who has been consistent on a political platform, all of them, none of them that have not changed party.
“But changing party is not the issue. Have you been consistent in what you believe in? Your policies, I think that is the most important thing. Changing party is part of our political development process”.
Commenting on what he would do for the nation’s women and youth if given the mandate, the PDP presidential aspirant said, “What I have for the youth is job and education. Our education has witnessed serious set back, in the sense that we are producing graduates that are not employable in the labour market.
“We should have entrepreneurship as a fundamental issue in our syllabus. I have seen it work, in my university what ever course you are studying, you must also do entrepreneurship course. That is why graduates from my university are the biggest job creators. As soon as they come out, they creat jobs.
“To employ about 12 million youths, there is need to bring investors into the country so that they can absorb those graduates. But we also have to train them on how to be self employed.
“Today, I see the government giving some people 10,000 naira, how can someone set up a business with that? I own one of the most successful Microfinance banks in this country, am working with people from Bangaladash because they are best when it comes to Microfinance system. We have moved out 45, 000 families out of poverty,” he said.

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