A group in the South-South geo-political zone of the country, Justice and Equity Coalition, has kick-started what looks like an informal campaign in support of the presidential ambition of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
According to a press statement made available in Calabar on Friday and signed by the coordinator of the group, Prince Victor Okon, they observed that the country had missed “the political ingenuity and authority which Alhaji Atiku would have brought into national leadership at a crucial period like this.”
The statement pointed out that Atiku had, a few years ago, raised the alarm on the economic policy of the Federal Government, which was denied by some presidential aides, but later turned out to be true. According to Prince Okon, Atiku having served for eight years as the vice president and criss-crossed the nooks and crannies of the country, he was better prepared and preferred as a personality from the northern part of the country whose quality could keep the country as one.
The statement continues: “As people from the South-South region, we decided to root for our son, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, during the last presidential election. Now however, we must carry our patriotism further by acknowledging that Alhaji Atiku, who was the most tested candidate, but lost to sentiment, be allowed to fix the country. This present leadership has failed our people.”