FORMER Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, declared that it was late now to talk of the emergence of a consensus candidate in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the party’s delegates would decide the party’s presidential standard-bearer in the February, 2015 presidential election.
Speaking against the backdrop of clamour for the emergence of consensus candidate among the five aspirants vying for APC presidential ticket, the Turakin Adamawa declared that consensus was not an option now before the party, submitting that APC was different from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Fielding questions from journalists shortly after meeting with APC executives and stakeholders at the Zaranda Hotel in Bauchi, Atiku declared that party faithful held the ace on who would emerge the party’s presidential candidate in next year’s general elections.
“I don’t think consensus is an option now. Maybe it is too late. So, the delegates will determine who will be the winner. That is why we are different from PDP and we want to be different from PDP. People will be given the opportunity to elect whom they want to carry the party’s flag,” the former Vice-President said.
He stated that in was in Bauchi to meet both APC executives and delegates in Bauchi State, adding that he would also use the opportunity to commission the party’s North-East zonal office in Bauchi.
Asked what he his recent romance with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was all about, Atiku stated that there was a cordial relationship between him and his former boss, though they could disagree on issues politically.
According to him, the facts that they disagreed on issues did not mean that they were enemies.
“First of all, there is a very good relationship between me and him (former President Obasanjo). We can disagree politically on issues, that is no problem; we are politicians, we can disagree but that doesn’t mean we are enemies,” he declared.
Speaking on whether elections should hold in the states currently under emergency rule in the North-East, Atiku stated that it was okay for elections to hold there.
He, however, lamented that it was very frustrating seeing government foot dragging on resolving insecurity in the geopolitical zone.
“Of course, we can go for election, there is no problem but it is very, very frustrating to see the government drag its feet in not resolving the security situation in the North-East. It is very, very frustrating,” the former Nigeria’s second citizen lamented.