Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar has expressed his regret at not taking over Lagos, when he had the opportunity.
According to the former vice president, he said when they(Olusegun Obasanjo and himself) came to power in 2003, he had the authority to take over the Southwest, which were all Alliance for Democracy(AD) states but he didn’t take over Lagos, because of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, with whom he says, he had come a long way – A decision he says, he now regrets.
Atiku said this, while speaking with members of his party(PDP) in Lagos, and he apologised to them for not doing what he should have done then.
In his words:
When we came to power in 1999, the entire South-western states were controlled by the AD. And when we were approaching the 2003 elections, I told my boss, give me the chance to take over the South-west.
“And he gave me that authority, and I took all the states with the exception of Lagos. Why? Because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I came a long way from the SDP, PDM and all of that, and I felt I should leave Lagos for him. In fact, I could easily have taken over Lagos, but I did not.
“I have since regretted my decision; please, my sisters and brothers in the party, I want you to forgive me for taking Lagos out of that arrangement.
“If I have another opportunity again, Lagos will be taken to where it belongs. So, I am appealing to you to give me that opportunity so that I can correct the mistakes that I made.”