Chairman, DAAR Communications Plc, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has sought the support of the North-Central People’s forum in the interest of former president Atiku Abubakar, who will be contesting the presidency.
He stated this on leading a delegation of Nigerians interested in placing their weight behind Atiku’s 2023 Presidential aspiration on a courtesy visit to the secretariat of the forum, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Dokpesi said their support for the erstwhile Vice President is unconnected with his achievements, most especially in the areas of governance, youth empowerment and religious tolerance, among others.
He reinstated too that a vote of confidence has been unanimously passed in Atiku, indicating that Nigerians want him to contest the 2023 elections.
“The challenges we are facing today as a country are complicated. The hope of the younger generation is totally dashed. Our hospitals are rather described as graveyards right now. Our schools are closed and we have over 14 million children out of school.
“So, if we want to resolve the matter, I am going to call on this Forum to, in the interest of this country and the generations yet unborn to make the necessary sacrifice and view the situation dispassionately and not based on sentiments.”
“We have set out the criteria, and have identified the issues, and said that the kind of leadership we need in this country must be a courageous, fair, tested and proven leadership with cognate experience in the management of the affairs of the conclusion, rightly or wrongly, that the person that has the quality to unite Nigeria at this point in time is Waziri Atiku Abubakar.
“We must put a square peg in a square hole. We must not allow some people who want to disintegrate this country to succeed,” he said.
The media entrepreneur maintained that his support for a northern candidate was born out of the fact that the north had been cheated right from the time of late Umaru Musa Yaradua in 2010.
Dokpesi, a Trustee of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, posited that it will be unfair and unjust for power to go to the South in 2023, though Muhammadu Buhari’s regime must have spent 8 years by then.
The support for Atiku according to him goes in tandem with the agreement reached with the PDP during the 2006 Convention.
He said, “2023 is still the turn of the North based on the PDP agreement and calculation. The records of the PDP are there. Some people said why should we bring a Fulani man again, and I said have we not been living with Fulani people? I was brought up by a Fulani man, Bamanga Tukur.
“Nigerians must unite and deal with element brought into the country for destabilisation. We are here to plead and cry to the leaders of North Central not to relent in their sacrifices for the country.”
Reflecting on the statements of the Chairman, North-Central People’s Forum, Arc. Gabriel Yakubu Aduku, said stakeholders of the body will convene a meeting after which a consensus shall be reached.
Aduku said despite the non-partisan mandate of the group, it was more concerned about the welfare of the people and which Atiku is defined by. They expressed their optimism in Atiku emerging president cum 2023.
“A person like Atiku Abubakar means a lot to this country. We are non-partisan, but we are concerned about development. Our interest is in how the people of the North-central, which have been alienated by past administration or the convenience of political parties, will benefit,” Aduku stated.