Ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar missed his chance to become president in 2007, according to the presidential aspirant of the Alliance for New Nigeria, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim.
According to Olawepo-Hashim, Atiku, although qualified to serve as the nation’s leader, is a man of the past as Nigerians are now thinking about the future.
“By all standards, the Waziri of Adamawa is qualified to be the President of Nigeria,” he told Vanguard.
“Having been Vice President before, but the 2019 election is a different election, I think Vice President Atiku missed his chance of being president in 2007 and talking about in 2019 is like talking about the future of Nigeria and at the same time facing and reasoning backward.
“80% of Nigerians want to see a new direction, they don’t want to go backward, and Vice President Atiku Abubakar is a man of yesterday.”
On why he should become president, the former journalist said he would unite the country.
“Number one, I will be able to unite the country, I will be able to build a strong economy given my experience,” he added.
“I’m that candidate that majority of voters particularly first-time voters and who are very significant, almost about 15 million of them, who are not supporters of APC or PDP.
“And then, my friends in PDP and APC who have made up their mind that when it comes to presidential election ‘we will vote Gbenga,’ that’s an edge I have going for me. I believe, no other candidate in this election has that.”