Not winning Lagos in 2003 hunted me : Atiku

Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Monday said he
regretted not doing much to help the People’s Democratic Party
(PDP) win in Lagos State when he had the opportunity in 2003.
Abubakar, a PDP presidential aspirant, spoke in Lagos while
holding a meeting Lagos PDP Guber Candidate, Engr Deji Doherty
and members of the party in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was
part of his nationwide tour of state chapters, to seek support for
his aspiration ahead of 2019 general elections.
He revealed how his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, before
the 2003 elections, gave him the task to deliver the six South/West
states then governed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to the
Abubakar said that in carrying out the task, he delivered all the
states to PDP, except Lagos.
The former Vice-President said that he deliberately did not do
much to win Lagos because of his relationship with former
governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He apologised to party members for what he called his mistake,
saying that Lagos would have been better off, if he had delivered it
to the PDP then.
“When we came to power in 1999, the entire South/Western states
were controlled by the AD.
“And when we were approaching the 2003 elections, I told my
boss, give me the chance to take over the South-West
“And he gave me that authority, and I took all the states with the
exception of Lagos.
“Why? Because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I came a long way from
the SDP, PDM and all of that, and I felt I should leave Lagos for
him. In fact, I could easily have taken over Lagos, but I did not.
“I have since regretted my decision; please, my sisters and
brothers in the party, I want you to forgive me for taking Lagos out
of that arrangement.
“If I have another opportunity again, Lagos will be taken to where it
belongs. So, I am appealing to you to give me that opportunity so
that I can correct the mistakes that I made”, he said.


  1. Good information

  2. Why won’t it be so

  3. dah why it’s supposed to be

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