Atiku Promises To Take It In Good Faith, If Defeated In The February 25 Poll
The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to take it in good faith, if defeated in the February 25 presidential poll.
Atiku while speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa said he would not be the first candidate to lose elections and would not be the last.
The candidate also said he was in talks with his counterparts in the labour party, peter obi, and the new Nigeria peoples party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, ahead of the poll.
The PDP candidate said he was optimistic of a possible deal out of the talks
He however, said both Kwanwaso and Obi pose no threat to his presidential ambition.
Atiku in an interview with the BBC Hausa disclosed that talks were ongoing between him and the LP and NNPP candidate
But the ex-vice president did not disclose the nature of the talks or the terms of the agreement if any.
However, commenting on the reported talks, the Spokesman of the APC Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, urged Nigerians to ignore the former vice-president, describing him as a man that cannot be trusted even by the leaders of his own party.
Speaking in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Wednesday, Keyamo said, “Atiku is lying; he is not in talks with anyone. Atiku cannot be trusted and that is why he can’t keep his party together.
‘’He has not been able to reach an agreement with the aggrieved governors of his party because those governors know that he does not keep his word.’’
“Kwankwaso left PDP because he was humiliated in the North-West. The PDP treated Peter Obi badly and the man left. These are the men Atiku is giving the impression that they are ready to work with him. It is all lies,” he insisted.
The Director-General of the LP Presidential Campaign Council, Akin Oshuntokun, in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja on Wednesday, said Obi had no intention of striking a deal with Atiku except the latter agreed to step down for the former Anambra State governor.
Asked to speak on the said talks, the DG simply asked, “How can that be? To what purpose? For Obi to come and support a ticket, that is a fundamental threat to the national unity of Nigeria?
“Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar is welcome to renounce his ticket and throw his considerable political weight behind us. No individual ambition should override the North/ South rotation convention, especially against the backdrop of the damage that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has wreaked on the unity of Nigeria with his apartheid-style nepotism.’’
Dismissing Atiku’s overtures to Obi, the Spokesman for the LP PCC, Kenneth Okonkwo, tweeted, “It is gratifying to hear that Atiku is considering stepping down for Peter Obi in the presidential race.
‘’Coming on the heels of Atiku’s confession of using Special Purpose Vehicles to siphon Nigeria’s money, according to Michael Achimugu, this is the wisest thing to do him. That is the only way they talk he is initiating that can make sense.