By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—POLITICAL associates and loyalists of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Cross River State have started consultations towards the realization of the presidential ambition of the Turakin Adamawa.
Coordinator of Atiku Presidential Campaign in 2007, Mr. Ernest Irek, who disclosed this to Vanguard in Calabar, said machinery had been put in motion in the South-South geo-political zone, where all stakeholders are involved in the project of ensuring that Atiku emerges president in 2015.
He said: “We are going to put ourselves together. All chieftains will be accommodated and we are going to open offices in every district.”
When reminded that the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, is from South-South and may want to re-contest for the office, he said that it was a matter of interest and that the administration of Jonathan had not benefitted the region he comes from.
He said many things the president should have done for the people of his zone had not been done, while poverty and epileptic power supply had continued unchecked.
Irek also said that going by the zoning formula of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the office of the president was supposed to be occupied by somebody from the North, adding that the zoning formula will be religiously adhered to in the 2015 general elections and after the North had completed its tenure, power could go to the South East.
He said he was privy to Atiku’s blueprint when he met Senator Ben Obi and that the blueprint would make the country great and more united if implemented.