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‘Why I Shunned Presidential Debate’ -Atiku

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has explained his reasons for shunning the presidential debate organised by the Nigerian Election Debate Group in conjunction with the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON).
Atiku, who arrived Nigeria from the United States earlier on Saturday was at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja venue of the debate but left before the commencement of the programme.

The former Vice President attributed his decision not to take part in the debate to the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar cannot challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies. Afterall, you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence. I do not believe in attacking a man who is not here to defend himself,” Atiku said.
He went on to apologize, as he stated that “as a leader and former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me first apologise to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the APC Presidential Candidate’s absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.
” With respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu & to moderator Mark Sugar & with apologies to Nigerians here & at home expecting an interesting debate, I regret I will not be able to go on with this debate due to President Buhari’s absence.
I however challenge President Buhari to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present and I will be there, hopefully with the other candidates as well. Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

‘Why Atiku Was Absent At Peace Accord Signing’ -PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained why it’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was absent at the signing of the Peace Accord on Tuesday.

The PDP made its position known via a statement signed by Kọla Ọlọgbọn diyan, It’s National Publicity Secretary. While expressing its commitment to a peaceful election in 2019, the party regretted that it was not represented at the signing of the peace accord on Tuesday “due to communication lapse between the National Peace Committee (NPC) and the party’s national secretariat”.

The party also made it known that it is already conducting investigations into the circumstances that could have resulted to this unfortunate communication lapse.

“Nevertheless, it is instructive to state that our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the party are fully committed to a peaceful electoral process and elections in 2019.

Our Presidential candidate is known worldwide as a global ambassador of peace, who will always support processes that will engender peace in our country and the world over.

In the same vein, our party is also known for peaceful conduct in all activities, electoral processes and all elections conducted at all levels in our country, since its inception in 1998.

The PDP will therefore visit the office of the National Peace Committee, look into the peace document and fulfill all necessary obligations towards the peace accord ahead of the 2019 general elections”, the statement concluded.


Yoruba elders and leaders have vowed to work with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming election.

The leaders also reiterated their call for restructuring of the country.

They said it was through restructuring that Nigeria could witness prevalence of equity, fairness and justice.

The leaders including a chieftain of pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Chief Olabode George; Prof. Banji Akintoye, Senator Femi Okunronmu, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, among others, made their position known at a 1-day South- West Colloquium with the theme: “2019: The South- West Speaks,” coming out with a 12-point communique, read by Prince Uthman Sodipe.

The elders and leaders in their communiqué; noted that the Yoruba remains cohesive, indivisible and strengthened by a common cultural bond and ideological vision.

They maintained that, “The Yoruba believe in the restructuring of Nigerian union in order for the prevalence of equity, fairness and the dominating anchor of justice.

“The centre is too unwieldy, too disproportionate, effectively creating equity in the distribution of the collective wealth.

“We must encourage every state in our federation to grow on the momentum of the available resources within their soil.”

On their decision to adopt Alhaji Abubakar as the Yoruba candidate for the 2019 presidential poll, the communiqué added, “The Yoruba people resolved to adopt the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for the presidency in the 2019 elections in view of his support for the restructuring of Nigeria to create equal opportunities, fairness and justice for all stakeholders.”

‘Atiku Will Lead Nigeria Out Of Bondage’ Lagos PDP Chiefs

Ahead of the commencement of presidential campaign as permitted by INEC, a group of leaders in Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday affirmed its support for the party’s candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar saying he is the one that could lead Nigeria out of political and economic bondage it had found itself currently.

The leaders, including a founding member of PDP, Chief Amos Olayinka; a key member of Friend of Waziri Adamawa , Barrister Olisa Phil Ashiri and Olufemi Folorunsho, said this at a press conference in Ikeja, lamenting that the country was in bondage currently under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led government as Nigerians were hungry and angry and would take purposeful people like Alhaji Abubakar to save the situation come 2019.According to Chief Olayinka, who described himself as a committed Atiku loyalist, nothing appeared to be working in the country anymore in terms of healthcare delivery, power supply, among others, saying that Nigeria was now retrogressing and the international community now looked at her as a laughing stock.

This was just as he contended that restructuring the country, which the PDP presidential candidate had agree to implement, come 2019 if elected into office, would bring about checks and balances and also reduce corruption while allowing each of the states in the country to develop faster than imagined.

‘You erred’ Group Tells FG On The Raid Of Atiku’s Jet

N4Atiku, an independent Group working towards the actualisation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition has condemned in its totality the action of the security agents who descended on the former Vice President’s private jet for a search while on arrival from Dubai in Abuja yesterday.
A team of security agents who was said to be carrying out ‘superior orders’, thoroughly searched Atiku’s private jet in Abuja before he was allowed to disembark from the flight.
Atiku and some of his aides who were on board when the security agents accosted them with a search warrant were calm throughout the search.
The ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC, had earlier called on EFCC and other Security Agencies to probe Atiku over the Dubai meeting he had with some prominent members of his party recently.
In a Press Release signed by its spokesperson, Isiaka Abdulai, the N4Atiku Group, however, described the search operation as an unwarranted move and another plan by President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party, APC to intimidate and silence the opposition ahead of the coming 2019 general election.
“This is nothing but an intimidation and a new gimmick by President Buhari and APC to silence the opposition party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. In fact, this is uncalled for. And again it shows that President Buhari and the APC are being petty. This government, perhaps, needs advice not to be wasting its energy on frivolous things like this. When there are many national issues waiting to be sorted’ N4Atiku submitted.

Nigeria’s Mr. Right: The Atiku You Should Know

The recent approval of N 33,000 by the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as minimum wage for his staff became a cause of debate all over the country. Not just because it is higher than what the Federal Government may approve for its work force but that it is coming from a man who over the years, has been painted as corrupt, maligned and defamed, but has not stopped growing in importance. To him, saving Nigeria from her present predicament is a task that must be done with enthusiasm.

One question that should possibly be posed to the many accusers is “where, when and what did Atiku Abubakar steal?” At least he has never been tried in any court of law, except the court of public opinion. Born on November 25, 1946, Atiku worked in the Customs Service for 20 years and retired as a Deputy Director, the then second highest position in the service. After leaving the Customs Service where he served meritoriously in 1989, he ventured into private business and politics and has done relatively well since then.

‘You Have Every Reason to Fear’, Group Chides Tinubu Over Remark On Atiku

N4Atiku, a group working towards enhancing the Atiku Abubakar presidential project, has lambasted All Progressives Congress chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over his comment on Thursday that Nigerians cannot go back to the illusion of the PDP.

Tinubu while speaking to newsmen after his meeting with President Buhari said ‘ we don’t fear, whether it is in the jungle or Dubai but we are not going back to the illusions of the PDP”.

The N4Atiku Group, in a statement released by its spokesperson, Isiaka Abdulai claimed ‘Tinubu has every reason to fear. The Atiku’s candidacy is divine and anyone standing against it will be crushed’.

Abdulai stated that since the PDP picked Atiku as its flag bearer, the All Progressive Congress has been having sleepless nights because they know he has the plans, the brain and the plot to send President Muhammadu Buhari packing in 2019.

The N4Atiku Group also advised Tinubu to stop speaking for Nigerians, ‘Tinubu can only speak for himself, his family and followers and not Nigerians who are tired of their gimmicks, lies and are ready to massively send them away in 2019’,.

The recent exchange attracted a lot of response from people who think Tinubu is not in the best position to ridicule Atiku who was in Dubai for meetings and consultations on how to actualize his ambition in 2019.

“The former VP is not ignorant of the plans by the PDP and its agents to get as much information about the parley as possible, hence the provocative comments”, the Group concluded.