Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the letter written for Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari saying it confirmed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed Nigerians.
Atiku made this comment on Wednesday, January 24 when he paid a visit to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti in furtherance of his political ambition.
Atiku said: “The letter was a personal issue between two individuals, so I won’t like to comment on it.
“However, the letter confirmed that the APC government under Buhari has failed Nigerians.”
On his visit to Ekiti, Atiku said Fayose “calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue.”
“Since my return home to PDP this is the first state I am visiting for consultations with party leaders.
“This is not surprising as Fayose and I had struck a good relationship since his first tenure as governor and I was VP. He is blunt and straightforward, a sharpshooter in politics and I respect him for that this.
“But above all, he is also the chairman of our governors forum. Today, among the governors, among the party generally, he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue.”
“Another unique thing the governor has done is telling me that his deputy is being supported as the party candidate in the next election, this is a very rare feat in the democratic system of our country.
“How many deputy governors have succeeded their governors? It means he has foresight and wants someone to continue his good works.”
In his reaction, Fayose described Atiku’s ambition as legitimate and a welcomed development for the party.
He said: “Vice President Atiku has not spoken to me privately about his ambition, and maybe he would do that in our private meeting.
“But his body language obviously shows he has an ambition which is legitimate. We will all examine everybody and we will have a level playing ground, as he has come, others will still come.
“I have paid my dues, I am not a hidden voice. I have all it takes to lead this country, but whichever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first, it is above our individual aspiration. Whoever the party finally picks as the party’s candidate will be supported by others.”
“I want to assure you that we only have leadership in Abuja, real party is in the states and at the local government level, we have done it before, we will do it again.”