👤 By Abdul Tukur
ABUJA — A PDP Presidential and former Vice President of Nigeria, has spoken about how he left Lagos for Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Atiku Abubakar, said he was told to win over the entire south western states before the 2003 elections. The Waziri Adamawa did so “with the exception of Lagos.”
Speaking a stakeholders meeting in Lagos, he said: “When we came to power in 1999, the entire south-western states were controlled by the AD. And when we were approaching the 2003 elections, I told my boss, give me the chance to take over the South-West and he gave me that authority, and I took all the states with the exception of Lagos.
“Why? Because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I came a long way from the SDP, PDM and all of that, and I felt I should leave Lagos for him. In fact, I could easily have taken over Lagos, but I did not. I have since regretted my decision; please, my sisters and brothers in the party, I want you to forgive me for taking Lagos out of that arrangement.
“If I have another opportunity again, Lagos will be taken to where it belongs. So, I am appealing to you to give me that opportunity so that I can correct the mistakes that I made.”
Alhaji Atiku is fighting for the Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP along with the Governor of Sokoto; Aminu Tambuwal and the Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Whoever wins the party ticket will hope to achieve the successes of 2015, where an incumbent President was removed through the ballot.