Former Vice President and a Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, says he regrets not winning Lagos State for the party when he was in office in 2003.
In Lagos as part of his nationwide tour to shore up support for his presidency, Atiku said he could easily have won the state over from the governor at the time, Bola Tinubu, but chose not to, because of their long-standing political relationship.
The Turakin Adamawa therefore appealed to Lagosians to give him another opportunity to win the state back to the party.
“My brothers and sisters, I want you to forgive me for leaving Lagos out of that arrangement,” he said.
“If I have another opportunity again, Lagos will go together with other states back to the PDP”.
“Bola Tinubu and I came a long way from the SDP, PDM and all of that; and I felt I should leave Lagos for him. I could easily have taken over Lagos along with the rest. Today, we have lost the South-West again,” he lamented.
He blamed the economic and security challenges of the country on the ruling party and questioned why the APC is gaining grounds in the southwest – a trend he promised to reverse if given the party’s mandate.