With less than two years to another election year, the people of the south-east region has been urged to support the presidential ambition of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
The south-east Director of Atikukawai Media Group, Ukpai Emma Ukpai, made the appeal in a chat with newsmen in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
Mr. Ukpai stated that the former VP, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, has all it takes to tackle the litany of challenges facing the country.
He said the objectives of the media group which was formed by Rasheed Umah, was to publicise the programmes and activities of former Vice President through the conventional and social media.
“We will continue to work till the 2013 general elections in order to acquaint Nigerians with the activities of the former VP through the conventional and social media. We will let people know his programmes to ensure we achieve victory”.
Mr. Ukpai lamented that before now, Nigerians were living peacefully irrespective of ethnic and religious background.
He expressed worry that the unity of the country was currently under threat as a result of bad leadership.
Mr. Ukpai who described Atiku Abubakar as a democrat that has always operated within the ambit of the law, said the former VP with his wealth of experience would work towards uniting Nigerians and improving the nation’s economy.
“Atiku has demonstrated his belief in peaceful co-existence through his personal relationship with Nigerians from all ethnic groups”.
“Atiku is versatile and has demonstrated his love for every Nigerian in his business and other areas of life. And that is why he didn’t hesitate to pick our brother, Peter Obi as his running mate in the 2019 general elections”.
“What the country needs after the exit of the present administration is a government that will heal the wounds of the country by accommodating every Nigerian. Atiku and Peter Obi represents that unity”.
On the defection of some PDP governors to the ruling APC, the Atikukawai Media Group South-east Coordinator said the affected governors left because they believe they have failed to achieve their 2023 political ambition in PDP.
He expressed optimism that the defection of the governors will not in any way affect the political aspirations of the former VP.
Mr. Ukpai identified high unemployment rate, poverty and nepotism as some of the factors responsible for the security challenges facing the country.
He called on the federal government to change its approach to the issue adding that there was relative peace during the 16 years PDP ruled the country.
Mr. Ukpai decried what he called the poor handling of the nation’s economy by the current government.
He pointed out that the colossal amounts of money expended on the various youth empowerment programmes should have been channeled toward rebuilding the battered country’s economy.
“The federal government is not doing enough to reduce the high level of poverty in the country”.
“Most of the fyouths roaming the streets should have been working and this will drastically reduce the high crime rate in the country”.
The Abia State Director of Atikukawai Media Group, Chief Iheanyi Igboanulam was present at the press at the media chat.