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Atiku meets Southern, Middlebelt leaders behind closed doors, reassures on restructuring



Atiku meets Southern, Middlebelt leaders behind closed doors, reassures on restructuring

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has met behind closed doors with the leaders of the Southern amd Middlebelt Forum.

The meeting took place on Wednesday at the Abuja home of a former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark.

The meeting also had the leaders of Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo like Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Yinka Odumakin, Chief Femi Okurounmu and Chief John Nwodo in attendance.

According to the former Vice President, the purpose of the visit was to solicit the forum’s support for his efforts to reclaim his stolen mandate.

Thanking members of the forum for their support before, during and after the elections, Atikusaidd he visited in order to inform them that he had filed a petition to reclaim his stolen mandate.

He said: “We believe this is a mandate that has been stolen from Nigerians. We believe justice will be done. We still have confidence in our courts of law.

“The most important thing is that we have been able to galvanise the people of this country to think alike and act alike in unity.”

The former VP also assured that he would embark on restructuring if he was able to reclaim his mandate do as to give every region a sense of belonging.

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“We have also come to realise and accept that the basis of our unity and coexistence lies fundamentally in restructuring this country so that every part of this country can have a sense of belonging and also have the opportunity to exploit their human and material resources for the development of the citizens.

“I believe this is a struggle we must continue together until we achieve it. I believe it is achievable.

“Nigerians have nothing to fear about restructuring of this country. We know how the military brought a unitary federation,” he added.

In his response, Clark said the forum would  not seize to support Atiku until he reclaims his mandate.

He said: “The struggle continues. It shows we are still together and we want to assure you we will always be.

“We are happy that you are in court. We are behind you and by the grace of God, we will achieve what we are struggling for.

“Our struggle continues, the restructuring of Nigeria is irreversible. No matter whatever the method used, we will continue to be with the promoter of restructuring until the end of the battle. Nigeria has to be federated.

“We want restructuring. Without restructuring, it will be difficult to have Nigeria together.”

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