Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar today revealed he would have delivered Lagos State to the PDP in 2003 but had to let go because of his relationship with Bola Tinubu.
Atiku said while addressing members of the party in Lagos that President Obasanjo mandated him to deliver the six South-Western states to the PDP, from the clutches of the Alliance for Democracy then. He said his years of several partnerships with Tinubu made him let Lagos pass but he regretted tha t decision because Lagos would have fared better under the PDP.
The PDP Presidential aspirant tendered some of his campaign promises, promising to revamp the economy and make Nigeria more stable.
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,” he said.
“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.”
He mentioned restructuring as one of his plans when he becomes President while also ensuring Nigeria will be placed on the path of progress.
Atiku said he will have a decentralised government with power distributed to states too for better performances.
“If I am elected, I will make the centre unattractive and ensure that power devolves to the states”,