The National Coordinator of iamAtikulated 2019, IKE BISHOP OKORONKWO, has stated that there is nobody more capable to lead the country to the right direction than H.E Atiku Abubakar. He said this during his speech at the maiden press conference of iamAtikulated2019 campaign. The event which took place at Madugu hotel in Abuja, had in attendance vibrant members, zonal, states, local government and ward coordinators across Nigeria. Below are images of the event and the Full speech of the National Coordinator.
FULL SPEECH OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF IAMATIKULATED20019, IKE BISHOP OKORONKWO, AT MADUGU HOTELS, JABI, ABUJA ON SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY 2018.
Members of the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen.
It is with joy in my heart and a great sense of humility that I welcome you to this maiden press conference of 1amAtikulated2019, holding today at Madugu hotel in Abuja.
Iam Atikulated2019, is a political movement and platform that is built to mobilize support for the candidacy of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, GCON, (Waziri Adamawa), as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2019.
Our main objective is to drum up support for Atiku Abubakar, GCON, to be chosen as the Standard Bearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and for his subsequent victory at the polls in the general elections.
May I inform you at this point, that majority of the members of this platform, came from the various support groups that vigorously campaigned for General Muhammadu Buhari as president in the 2015 general elections.
To us in IamAtikulated 2019, we shall match our words with action by the grace of God. Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish novelist, essayist and poet, in one of his Christmas Sermons, said, ” Here lies one who meant well, tried a little, failed much: surely, that may be his epitaph, of which he need not be ashamed”.
Robert Herrick, an English poet, in his own Hesperides, (“Seek and Find”), put it this way, “attempt the end, and never stand to doubt, nothing is so hard, but search will find it out”. We will keep on searching until we find a good leader for Nigeria. And we have resolved that Atiku Abubakar is that leader in 2019.
WHY WE CHOSED ATIKU ABUBAKAR
i. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is a detribalized leader and a uniting figure, a good bridge builder who bridges gap between tribes, and modest in religion. He relates equitably with Nigerians in business and in politics without greed or sentiment.
ii. He is an astute politician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Perhaps, his philanthropy is most visible through his promotion of education at all levels, particularly higher education. He is the sole founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), formerly ABTI; the first American-style private university to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa with faculty from 40 countries. The University presently, has about 1,500 students.
Although, a private university, the 60 per cent subsidy from Atiku Abubakar has enabled children of both the rich and the poor to gain access to world-class education.
iii. He has multibillion naira investments in education, media, shipping, and other sectors, which he used in empowering small and middle-income earners which has placed him the largest private employer of labour in the country, as he currently employs over 50,000 people in his various business conglomerates.
iiii. He is a former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and so, he has the requisite experience.
At IamAtikulated 2019, we are campaigning for transformation of Nigeria’s economy and employment of youths. And having looked at the profiles of those currently aspiring to contest for president on the platform of PDP in 2019, we have identified Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the only one with the character and content, political will and capacity required to bring the needed transformation that Nigerians are yearning for.
The incessant and needless killings of innocent Nigerians by Fulani Herdsmen and other militant groups, and the inability of the present government to stop the killing or bring the perpetuators to book, the worsening joblessness among Nigerian youths, epileptic power supply amidst high tariffs, the increasing rates of kidnappings, violent crimes and cultism cases across Nigeria, the undue and unwarranted sufferings that Nigerians are currently subjected to due to scarcity of petroleum products, to mention a few, all of these are becoming unbearable for the average Nigerians.
At this juncture, therefore, we wish to make the following appeal:
1. AN APPEAL TO PDP GOVERNORS AND PARTY LEADERS:
We wish to appeal to PDP Governors, present and past party leaders, stakeholders and members of the party, and indeed all well meaning Nigerians, to support the candidacy of His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to ensure that he emerges as the Standard Bearer of the PDP for the 2019 presidential election.
2. A CLARION CALL TO ALL NIGERIANS:
We wish to use this opportunity to call on all Nigerians, both at home and in the diaspora, to vehemently reject President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the APC in Nigeria in all future elections. Let us put away petty sentiments and come together as one united people in the interest of our country Nigeria, to support and vote Atiku Abubakar and his party, the PDP, in the upcoming general elections, because, “patriotism” as they say, has no political party.
We also call on all Nigerian youths and women groups, to key into the agenda of this organization so that, together, we can change this ‘fake’ change government, and enthrone Atiku Abubakar, as the next president of Nigeria.
We urge all our members, zonal, states, local government and ward coordinators across Nigeria, to double efforts as you go back to your various domains so as to prepare for the task ahead.
May God grant all of you journey mercies as you go back to your various destinations.
Thank you and God bless you.