2023: Atiku Gives Surprising Responses To Demands of CAN
Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has told the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, that he believes totally in the strategy document of the organization
Atiku made this known during a session with CAN leaders in Abuja on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
Addressing the association, Atiku said there is no difference between CAN’s Policy Roadmap for a Future Nigeria and his position as contained in his policy document and various books he wrote.
He further assured the leaders of the Christian Association Nigeria that their demands will be met if he is elected the next president of the country.
“I have listened to what the presentation of the CAN document entails and I can tell you the CAN document is totally in conformity with my thoughts in a book that I published when I was the vice president and this led to a fundamental disagreement with my boss as well as my constituents.
“There is no difference between my book and CAN’s presentation.”
Speaking further, he said: “I stand before you not to campaign but to tell you the truth, what you have presented is what I have always believed in. And if I have the opportunity, I swear to God I will do it.”
“Oil did not send me to school, my parents paid cattle tax, market tax, radio tax and these were the taxes that sent me school from primary to university.
“If God has given you gold or oil, take your oil or gold but I will tax you. Why should we be fighting over resources that have been endowed to whoever it is endowed to.”
On his part, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP and Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, noted that the church needs to pray not to plant amiss.
He said: “We have come to the season to plant and we must be careful to plant right so we can harvest abundance and bountifully.
“The church needs to be prayerful as we have not been this divided as a nation before as we are today and at this moment we need a man that can unify ethnic groups, formal and informal groups.
“We saw how he alongside President Obasanjo ensured the unity of this country after years under the military and how our presidential candidate who was the VP then handled the economy which led to economic development and prosperity.”
“He promised the leadership of the CAN that Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign will ensure he attends to all issues raised in CAN’s strategy document.
Atiku was accompanied to the meeting by his running mate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and other senior PDP chieftains.
Others that accompanied Atiku to the session includes; the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyiocha Ayu, ex-Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor Ishaku Darihus of Taraba, Senate Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye, Hon Ndudi Elumelu, Raymond Dokpesi etc.