- Hilliard Eta, national vice chairman (South south) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has explained why Atiku Abubakar might not have the presidential slot
- Eta claimed that he was one of those who canvassed votes for Atiku during the last APC presidential primaries
- He, however, noted that President Buhari is the best choice for the party because has done remarkably well in keeping the promises that he made to Nigerians
Hilliard Eta, the national vice chairman (South south) of the All Progressives Congress said Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president is no longer an option for the 2019 presidential race.
Punch reports that Eta on Friday, November 17, made this known in an interview in Abuja.
The APC chieftain maintained that he was one of those who canvassed votes for Atiku during the APC presidential primaries in 2015 but that their loyalty shifted to Muhammadu Buhari after he became the party’s presidential candidate.
Eta explained that he and all the other party faithful cast their lot with the party and its candidate which eventually led to Buhari’s emergence as president.
According to him, even the ardent critics of Buhari have been surprised by his performance. President was already doing what Atiku had always aspired to do if given the chance.
According to him, ''Another cycle is about to come and Atiku is no more an option for me because I think that the option for me now is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Buhari, who has done remarkably well in keeping the promises that he made to Nigerians.''
He, however, urged the former vice president to join the president in building the Nigeria of his dreams.
He said: ''Well, because of the sterling qualities of the president, because of the job he has done, the totality of the membership of the party may want him to go back without contest.
''What I mean is that those who may want to contest against him may join hands with him to build the country and have him only as both the aspirant and eventually the candidate of the party. It has happened in a lot of political circumstances around the world.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Southwest Chapter of the Nigeria Youth Coalition called on Abubakar to return to the Peoples Democratic Party.
NYC declared that Abubakar should return to PDP “as soon as possible” because he may find it difficult to secure the presidential slot of the PDP if he fails to participate in the party’s December National Convention.
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