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Atiku Abubakar greeting the Oba of Benin during the visit

Former Vice – President, Atiku Abubakar has fired back at his critics that he is very qualified to aspire for the Presidency of Nigeria. But he is not desperate.

He stated this in Benin City, Edo State capital on Tuesday while fielding questions from journalists.

Replying his critics who  describe him as a serial  aspirant, he said; “what do you expect my critics to say?

“There is nothing wrong in entering the race, I can run as many times as possible, I am fit, qualified, I still have five years I believe to put this country on the right path.”

But he added that he is not desperate in the aspiration.

 

Atiku fielding questions from journalists in Benin

“If I am desperate, I would have taken the Presidency in 2003, if I was desperate, I would have not stepped down for Abiola. My interest is the interest of this country.”

But if not given the ticket, he would remain a member of the PDP he assured.

The Vice – President visited Benin to sell his aspiration to prospective delegates of his party, the PDP in continuation of his nation – wide tour soliciting support.

Support:

Earlier media reports said that traditional Chiefs in Edo under the aegis of Otu – Odelevbo Osioba have given their support to the former VP.

According to the report, the group said in a communique that it decided to support Abubakar because of his track record in office and also, as a campaigner for restructuring of Nigeria.

“As a dedicated and detribalized patriot, we believe Atiku if elected will restructure this country to ensure a balanced, peaceful, stable and prosperous nation.”

Atiku has never been indicted or found wanting in his eight years as VP even now in the opposition, the group was quoted to have noted.

“Those clamouring for young people to rule should stay clear now, because they do not have the guts and courage to question past leaders just like former President Goodluck Jonathan who was young but unable to question leaders older than him about the state of affairs.”

Any aspirant not in support of restructuring of the country should be rejected, the group urged.