While eliminating possibility of cabal in his government, Atiku Abubakar also said he would form a government of national unity as soon as he assumes office.
Atiku spoke in Abuja on Friday during a meeting with the leaders of the Coalition of United Political Parties, who had earlier in the week endorsed him as their sole presidential candidate.
The CUPP is made up of about 46 political parties.
Atiku told the leaders of the parties that his government would be broad-based, and that there would be no room for any cabal to operate.
“I want to commit myself to the continuation of the doctrine a government of national unity. We believe as a political party in a government of national unity and there must be stability before you can do anything – implement your economic programme, implement your healthcare programme.“Right from the beginning, I have been a member of the PDP and I know we have always believe in a government of national unity.“It takes a long time for a country as diverse as Nigeria to be united and stable even before we start talking about which ethnic group we come from or which religion we practise.
Atilku narrated his journey into politics, stressing that were it not for the efforts of democracy advocates, President Muhammadu Buhari would not be seeking participation in the polity today.“I want to assure you that as long as we are having a government of national unity, there will not be a cabal. My government will be a government of the people.”
“In the 1980s when some of us joined politics, the reason was to drive the military out of power and restore democracy.“That was what the late General Yar ‘Adua told me. He said, “come and join me. I was in my late 30s and in the public service. I abandoned it and followed him. That was the beginning of my political career.“If we did not drive the military, he won’t be here today talking about political parties and wanting to be President.”