Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, declared that he is not desperate for power, contrary to views held by many
According to him, he is in the presidential race to unite the people, tackle insecurity and revamp the country’s economy with a view to improving a lot of masses this time around.
Atiku, represented by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, stated this during his endorsement by the Council of National Students Presidents of Nigeria.
Dogara said, “They (Atiku/Okowa) asked me to come and appreciate you for the faith in them and to remind you that they are not running because they are hungry for political offices.
“They are running because they believe they have been tried and tested and proven that what is delivered in their hands does not shake and the destiny of this country will become steadied and stabilised.
“They are more determined seeing that Nigeria has been left behind on the starting blocks of the race, they will ensure that they deliver the promise of this great country.”
According to him, the Naira redesign will checkmate vote buying and enhance credible elections and asked Nigerians to endure the temporal pains as the gains would be great.
“Whatever pains we are passing through in relation to the Naira redesign policy, some of us may not have the cash but I urge you that consider this pain as part of the sacrifice that will give us a transparent election in which we will elect a leader that we deserve,” he said.
Also speaking, the Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Philip Aduda said: “Our incoming President Atiku is an educationist, somebody who has a university, his university has never been on strike, he is somebody who is tested and trusted.”
Obaji Uchenna Marshal, national president, National Association of University Students (NAUS) and Chairman, Council of National Stuff Presidents of Nigeria(CNSPN), while speaking, said: “Student population of well over 42.5 million both at home and in the diaspora are with us.
“It is pertinent to note that, more than ever before, students are paying genuine attention to the processes of electing leaders that will see over the affairs of governance of this country for the next four(4) years, hence our unwavering commitment to be part of the process by exercising our constitutional franchise.
“On this note of the foregoing and sequel to the above, the CNSPN has taken her time to follow all the Frontline Candidates closely, gone through their Policy working documents(Manifestos) and after keen scrutiny, the CNSPN have come to the conclusion that the manifesto of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which carries the Atiku/Okowa tickets is the most reliable, realizable, the are only ones that provides answers to the Nigeria’s quests and above all, the most educationally friendly, the working document of the PDP is the only document that goes beyond making political promises to actually providing blue print on how to have these promises achieved.”