- Atiku Abubakar has accused some political elites of conspiring against his presidential ambition
- The former vice president said his independence and valued principles are part of the reasons they don’t support him
- According to Atiku, he has refused to be used by the political elite
A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that some political elites are making several attempts to prevent him from clinching the presidential ticket for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections.
Atiku said there had been failed attempts by these individuals to ensure he looses at the PDP presidential primaries scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Leadership reports that Atiku while speaking at the party's presidential nomination media chat in Abuja said, his refusal to be used by the elite to satisfy their personal aspirations as well as their belief that he is too independent and principled are part of the reasons they don’t support him.
Atiku said: “If you are not going to be used, if you are not going to satisfy their personal aspiration. Part of the problem they (elite) have with me, is that they say I am independent, principled and so on. Unfortunately the Nigeria public is not politically sophisticated to override the conspiracy of these political elite. They rely on the political elite to direct them.
“When we came in in 1999 a barrel of crude oil was less than 10 dollars in the market, we met less than $5billion in our foreign reserve.
"With all that, we were still able to manage the economy of the country to the extent that we paid all our foreign debt and became debt free, reform policies. We were able to turn around the economy then, so I don’t think is an impossible task to do now. If we given the opportunity, I believe it is doable.
"I believe I have the experience and the capacity to deal with these issues more than any one of them, because I have dealt with them before. I assembled the best economic team with that we went well and everybody attested to what we have done in those eight years.
"We liberalised the economy, we expanded the private sector’s participation and try to limit government to the necessary issues. If these policies we started were continued, today we will have been in a better country."
He also said that Nigeria needs a leader who can continue with various policies to bring back her prosperity, create more jobs for all unemployed youths.
"The most important thing is who can put this country back on the path of growth, I believe and I am so sure that I am that person," Atiku added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had alleged that Nigerian elites are being hypocritical over the challenges facing Nigeria.
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The president berated the elite for their silence during the alleged misrule and indifferent demonstration of acute leadership failure during the PDP's reign for 16 years between 1999 and 2015.
President Buhari also raised an eyebrow against what he described as general hypocrisy of Nigeria's elite class, adding that those who are fast to pick errors from his government were the mischievous set of people arm-folding themselves during the PDP's reign.
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