Celebration in Taraba as Atiku Emerges PDP Presidential Candidate 


*Atiku presidency a dream, Buhari’s aides say

There was wide jubilation in Jalingo the Taraba State capital on Sunday following the declaration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

Hundreds of youths and women took to the streets with posters of Atiku Abubakar singing and dancing.

One of the jubilant youth, Collins Bonzena, told our correspondent that Atiku’s position on restructuring, security and job creation was the basis for their support for him.

“Atiku has the experience and the capacity to rule Nigeria.

“Remember he was the Vice President of this country for 8 years and his experience in the private sector will make him a good President.

“Atiku is well prepared for the job, he already has a blueprint on how to grow Nigeria, tackle insecurity and restructure the country to give us true federalism which is key to our development and that is what we need at the moment,” he said.

Also reacting, National Coordinator of the PDP Loyal Group, Mr. Dennis Shima, while congratulating the former vice president on his victory called on Nigerians especially youths to support Atiku’s candidature for a better Nigeria.

“Atiku’s vision for a better Nigeria is well known to all and as youths, we need to support him.

Meanwhile, some aides of President Muhammadu Buhari have declared that the ambition of ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar to be elected president is a mere dream.

The President’s aides on Sunday took to the social media to tackle Atiku shortly after he emerged as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 elections.

Atiku was, earlier in the day, declared the winner of the party’s primary which was held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Shortly after the declaration of the result, Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, took to the social media where she claimed that Atiku’s emergence had made the job of the President’s team easier.

Onochie claimed that Atiku the former Vice President ran away from the All Progressives Congress to avoid contesting against the President in the primary.

She also alleged that Atiku spent more money than his co-contestants before he could emerge winner of the contest.

She wrote, “Alhaji Atiku Abubakar outspends Saraki, Tambuwal and others, wins the PDP presidential ticket for 2019.

“Congratulations Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. You have outspent the rest. You have a new toy. But believe it, it is only a dream.

“You ran away from facing President Buhari in a primary, now you’ll meet him at the presidential elections. Ntor!

“14.8 million People made President Buhari their candidate, 26,584 people made Atiku their candidate.

“Bearing in mind that you can’t go to America to represent us at the United Nations, nor meet with Nigerians in America, our job is made easy.

“Say Baba Buhari. 2019 is settled. God bless Nigeria.”

Also, the spokesman of Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, said with Atiku’s emergence, Nigerians would choose between a candidate with credibility crises and one with an unblemished record.

“We welcome H.E., Atiku Abubakar to the 2019 campaign trail. Nigerians would now decide between a candidate with a history full of credibility crises, damning reports on corruption, both home, abroad and from his former boss; and another candidate with an unblemished record in public service,” he wrote.

Onochie also responded to Keyamo’s tweet, saying, “Spot on. Nigerians have new trade currencies.

“Credibility and integrity. Our candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has both in abundance. Nigerians will trade with him.

“Nigerians will not trade with Atiku Abubakar. He has neither credibility nor integrity. His currencies are counterfeit.”



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