Atiku uttered this statement While speaking at a meeting with members of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), in Abuja on Friday, where he promised to reward the 11 aspirants who contested the sole ticket with him if he is elected President of Nigeria in the 2019 general elections.
The PDP Presidential candidate, charged them and other leaders of the party to rally behind him in his quest to make life better for Nigerians.
According to Vanguard, Atiku said that the sense of togetherness amongst the 12 who contested the party’s primaries in Port Harcourt recently, is an indication that the party is well positioned to take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019.
“I can assure you that I am prepared to work with and reward all of you if we unite together to achieve success. I must commend the sense of patriotism displayed by my fellow contestants. From the very day I delivered my acceptance speech, we have been working together.
“I believe it is our duty to provide that sense of unity and leadership to the rest of party members,” Atiku said even as he gave a brief account of what transpired behind closed doors in his Thursday’s meeting with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
“I visited my former boss in Abeokuta where we exchanged pleasantries. I may not say whether he is a PDP member or not, but he is with us body and spirit. Even before he delivered his statement, we retired to his private room where he gave me his statement to go through and possibly edit. He said he will launch my campaign to the presidency with the statement. That is vintage Olusegun Obasanjo for you,” he added.
Also speaking, Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, congratulated Atiku and urged him to rally round other contestants in the presidential primaries in order for them to work together for victory in 2019.
He counseled him to engage youths, women and BoT members in his campaign train, adding that the board would not disappoint in any responsibility assigned to it.