Atiku pledges national unity government, rules out government by cabal
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar yesterday promised to form a government of national unity if elected into power in the 2019 Presidential election.
This was the crux of his speech at a meeting in Abuja with leaders of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) who endorsed him last Wednesday as their sole Presidential candidate. A visibly elated Atiku told the opposition leaders to dismiss any fear of a cabal in his government stressing that since it would be broad-based, no room would exist for a cabal to operate in the corridors of power. He called on the coalition to do a public presentation of its decision to work together, “so that Nigerians will be further enlightened and every nook and cranny of this country can be informed.”
On the clamour for the participation of young people in politics, Atiku said what is paramount is the involvement of all and sundry, adding that democracy as a process does not pitch the old against the young.
Also speaking, Senate President, Bukola Saraki said President Buhari since his election in 2015 has demonstrated a lack of capacity to find solution to the question of hunger and poverty in the land. He called on the coalition to work hard to ensure victory for Atiku whom he described as a man “who understands the issues.”
The meeting, which held at the Kano Hall of Transcorp Hilton, was attended by prominent opposition leaders including Olagunsoye Oyinlola (national chairman, African Democratic Congress, ADC) Peter Ameh (national chairman, Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA), Gershom Benson (national chairman, Democratic Peoples Party, DPP) amongst others.