…As lawmakers demand automatic return tickets
The former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar met with members of the House of Representatives under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Thursday night in the National Assembly (NASS).
The caucus was led by the Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema.
The PDP presidential candidate used the opportunity to acquaint the members of reasons for his ambition.
The former Vice President personally distributed his letter of intent to each member of the caucus and some reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC).
The letter reads in part: “After thorough consultations with my families, major stakeholders within man outside the party including party stalwarts, traditional and religious leaders, various youths and women groups, the civil society and the private sector; I , Atiku Abubakar, wishbone inform you about my aspiration for the exalted office of the President of Federal Republic of Nigerian under the flagship of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
“As stipulated by the Party constitution and guidelines for nomination, it is mandatory that we go through the process of presidential party primary election.
“It is in line with this that I wish to humbly solicit your votes during this all important process.
“I am in no doubt that with your support, in will emerge victorious amongst other candidates at the forthcoming Presidential primary election.
“Together, we can liberate, repair and refocus our country Nigeria. Together, we can put Nigeria back inbred right pedestal. Together, we can get Nigeria working again”.
The Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema who spoke on behalf of the Minority leader, Leo Ogor, appreciated the candidate for the interactive session.
He appreciated the consultation with the caucus as being an important part of the process.
He however reminded Abubakar how important an automatic return ticket is to all the lawmakers.
Though some of the lawmakers that included reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC) wanted to ask questions, Onyema prevailed on them to shelve the questions since further meetings would take place even outside the NASS complex.
He said: “We are happy that you already know the importance of legislators coming back as many times as possible and seeing our former leader Abdul Ningi who does not follow anyone that is going to fail.
“In our usual way, we will look at this, go over it and come up with one voice. Any decision we take, we go together and try as much as possible to earn 100 percent”.
Atiku left while the lawmakers stayed behind for more deliberation where Onyema was heard stressing the importance of a united decision.
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Author: Victor Oluwasegun and Dele Anofi, Abuja