Former Vice President of Nigeria and presidential hopeful under the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, was in Taraba to formally request for the support of Tarabans in the 2019 general elections.
Atiku arrived with his campaign team Thursday morning and was hosted by the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku at the EXCO chambers in Jalingo.
Speaking during the visit, the former Vice president stated that he was misunderstood when he spoke of restructuring.
While responding to Gov. Ishaku’s cry for state police, he disclosed that his idea wasn’t about sharing money but among others “decentralisation of the Police”.
He praised Gov. Ishaku for his developmental strides in the state and the maintenance of peace.
Atiku equally commended the state for maintaining their loyalty to PDP through all dispensations and called on Tarabans from other parties to return to the PDP.
He therefore presented his book on restructuring to Gov. Ishaku while his host also presented him with a book containing his achievements.
In the same vein, the Director General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniels, said speaking from history, it was only the North-East that was yet to produce a president. Hence the need to support Atiku Abubakar.
Responding, the Taraba State Governor expressed the pleasure of all on the return of the former vice president to the party.
“You left a wonderful edifice you had built to go and build a mud thatch”, he maintained.
He added saying, PDP remained a nationalistic party and that his achievements in the State in spite of meagre resources were due to his vision.
“It is not the question of money, but of the vision. If you have all the money in this world and do not have the vision, it amounts to nothing”, he stressed.
Ishaku also maintained his stand that corruption is not only in stealing money but that it is corruption when you do not prosecute persons who kill their fellow humans.
He stated that there were “some structural defects in the country that needed to be amended” and therefore urged the senate to intensify efforts on state police.