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2019: Atiku’s emergence will strengthen opposition, say Fasehun, Afenifere  

by Iniobong Iwok

October 11, 2018 | 2:23 am
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Founder of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Frederick Fasehun and leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, have said that the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would strengthen the opposition in the country.

 Atiku, who was former Vice President of Nigeria in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, last Sunday in Port Harcourt defeated 11 other aspirants to emerge the presidential candidate of the PDP.

But in a press statement in Lagos, Fasehun said that Atiku had the required qualities and experience to defeat incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stressing that the party had taken a decision which was the wish of the generality of Nigerians.

“PDP has done the very needful by giving Nigerians a formidable opposition candidate who not only is capable of giving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a good fight at the general election but stands an enormous chance of actually winning the coming presidential poll,” Fasehun said.

Fasehun urged the eleven other PDP presidential aspirants who lost in the primaries to respect the wishes of the party’s delegates, and throw their weight behind Atiku toward his victory in the election.

“The task to enthrone a truly democratic government of Nigerians, by Nigerians and for Nigerians will not be an easy one, and all hands must be on deck to give Nigerians a government of their dream,” the OPC founder said.

He praised the PDP convention for once more demonstrating that the party remained the country’s foremost custodian of democracy, an a  party with an unbroken consistence in maintaining internal democracy.

“The task to enthrone a truly democratic government of Nigerians, by Nigerians and for Nigerians will not be an easy one, and all hands must be on deck to give Nigerians a government of their dream,” the OPC founder said.

“I became familiar with Atiku Abubakar in the Third Republic, when we were both leading figures in the Social Democratic Party (SDP).”

 “The Atiku I know is an experienced businessman, a detribalised Nigerian and a conscientious politician who, given the chance, is capable of taking the country to greater heights in the areas of the economy, education, security and infrastructure,” Fasehun said

He further said that although OPC was non-political, the organisation would extend a hand of fellowship towards the enthronement of a truly democratic and progressive leader for the country.

Also speaking with BusinessDay, leader of Afenifere, Fasoranti, said that Atiku’s support for restructuring of the country would give him an edge, against other presidential aspirants, adding that the opposition camp would equally receive a boost.

When asked if the group would support the former Vice President or back Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s support for Buhari’s re-election bid, Fasoranti stressed that the group was never in alliance with Tinubu or President Muhammadu Buhari and would take a decision soon on who to support.

“Atiku’s emergence is good for the country, even the opposition camp, it is right; he is in support of restructuring which we want, but we have not taken a position on who to support.

“We don’t support Tinubu or Buhari, we have nothing in common with him. We don’t support Buhari because we are not happy with his administration,” Fasoranti said.

Iniobong Iwok


by Iniobong Iwok

October 11, 2018 | 2:23 am
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