Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination and expression of interest form for the 2023 general elections.
The Presidential hopeful has presented the form on Thursday, March 17, 2022, Naija News reports.
Expressing gratitude to the North East Business Forum, the group responsible for the purchase of the interest form, Atiku said the gesture was a promise fulfilled and he is appreciative of the forum’s effort.
Naija News reports that the forum paid for the form barely a day after the opposition party announced the price tag for political positions to be contested in the forthcoming elections.
In his remark after receiving the form today, Atiku said, “In 2018 or (20)19 some young men contributed money and bought a nomination form, the first in political history since the return of democracy to our country and truly they made me shed tears. They put together their hard-earned money and purchased me a nomination form, that actually brought tears from my eyes. I was emotional about it.
“Now again today like the chairman of the Northeast Business Forum said, we were invited and another gesture was extended to me. It was a promise. And today, it is a promise fulfilled.”
The Adamawa State-born politician admitted that the challenges before Nigeria is enormous and in fact, the country has never experienced such before now.
“Our unity is threatened, our economy is in the worst state of affairs since the inception of this country. Our security is a disaster. These are very serious challenges. These are challenges that require the unity of everybody in this country,” he said.
Atiku believed the challenges cannot be solved by an individual or a group of individuals but requires all hands to be on deck.
“So my brothers and sisters, my fellow countrymen, what is before us is not an easy job. Nation-building ordinarily is not an easy job,” Atiku.