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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday encouraged Nigerian youths to compete with elders for elective offices in 2023, including the office of the President, instead of seeking to deny the old ones the constitutional rights to pursue their Presidential ambition.
Atiku who was the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) in 2019, hinted that the electoral field is also opened to the younger one to “compete,” however, expressed the confidence that he will get the PDP ticket for 2023 Presidential race.
The Waziri Adamawa spoke while fileding questions from reporters after a closed door meeting with his ex – boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in his Penthouse within the sprawling Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The ex – Vice President who arrived OOPL at 10.10a.m. went into a private meeting with his host, saying ‘I came to see my boss.’
He was silent on what he discussed with Obasanjo during the about an hour long meeting.
” I came to meet my boss. We will let you know when I declared, we will give a formal announcement. Asked if he is sure of getting the party’s presidential ticket,
“Have I ever failed to get the ticket?Let the youths compete with the elders. It is competition. It is democracy,” Atiku said.
Atiku later proceeded to the palace of Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, in Ake, Abeokuta where he recalled his stint in Ogun State as a trained Customs Officer.
Although, Atiku did not disclose his political ambition at the palace of Alake but the revered monarch prayed that God will be with him in his quest and grant him his wishes.
Meanwhile, the Gubernatorial hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. Ladi Adebutu has called for a United PDP in Ogun State, adding that ” it is through Unity that the party can take over governance come 2023 in the state”
Hon Adebutu, who is celebrating his 60th birthday today, made the call while addressing the party members at the PDP Secretariat, Abeokuta..