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Atiku tries to lure Igbos with promise of presidency after 2031

Atiku tries to lure Igbos with promise of presidency after 2031

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has urged voters in Southeastern Nigeria to support his candidacy in 2023, claiming he is a stepping stone to Igbo presidency after his tenure.

Atiku also vowed to prioritise developmental projects in South-east and other regions when elected, saying any project in any state is a favour to Nigeria.

Atiku, who was addressing South-east PDP stakeholders in Enugu, Tuesday, said: “I am the stepping stone for Igbo to become President of Nigeria”.

The PDP candidate, who maintained that he would win the 2023 presidential polls, said his great relationship with the Igbo would continue until they assume the presidency after his tenure.

“I’ve had close relationship with the Igbo and this influenced my choices of Senator Ben Obi and Mr. Peter Obi as my running mates in my two previous outings as presidential candidate. Again, I have chosen another great Igbo here (Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa) for the third time as my running mate.

“I have three Igbo children and I am saying this for the very first time in public. So, my relationship with Ndigbo did not start today,” Atiku said.

While promising to prioritise projects in South-east, Atiku took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration for segregating some parts of the country with the paucity of projects.

“The second Niger Bridge in Onitsha is not a favour to the South-east, rather it is or should be seen as a favour to Nigeria. This is because it is not.

He said his administration would pay close attention to tackling insecurity, economic and other challenges bedeviling the country.


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