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Show gratitude to Atiku for grooming you, group tells Tinubu

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A pressure group , Vote for Atiku Initiative , has advised the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to show gratitude to the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for grooming him to become what he currently is in politics.The group maintained that but for Atiku , Tinubu would have sunk into political oblivion 16 years ago .

“ If not for Atiku , Tinubu would have sunk into political oblivion since 2003 , ” the group said .

The group frowned on the way the APC leader had been attacking Atiku since the campaigns started .

The National Chairman of the group , Dr Ifeanyi Maduako , on Friday in Owerri , said that Atiku saved Tinubu in 2003 , when all the South – West governors except him ( Tinubu) , could not return to office .

He said , “ I want to remind Tinubu that it was Atiku as the then Vice President , who saved him from that political hurricane because of the personal love and friendship between them .

“ I want to also remind Tinubu that it was Atiku that saved him from defeat in 2003 . This was not because of religious or regional / zonal sentiments .

“ After all , Tinubu was not the only Muslim governor during the period . The late Lam Adesina and Chief Bisi Akande were also Muslims , but Atiku left them and saved Tinubu due to personal love and friendship . ”

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Maduako , however , disagreed with Tinubu’ s recent remarks that Atiku was corrupt .

“ If Atiku is corrupt as he and the APC have alleged , why did he give Atiku the presidential ticket of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria , which Tinubu controlled in 2007 to contest for the Presidency of the country ?

“ Why did Tinubu and the APC refuse to brand Atiku as corrupt throughout the time he was an APC member ?” Maduako asked .

On the recent allegation by Tinubu that Atiku failed to help Lagos State when former President Olusegun Obasanjo withheld the state ’ s allocation at the twilight of Tinubu’ s tenure ( between 2006 – 2007 ) , Maduako reminded Tinubu that Obasanjo that it was not Atiku ’ s fault .

“ Moreover , Atiku and Obasanjo had fallen out at the time and he ( Atiku ) was shut out of government completely . So , how could Atiku have helped in that circumstance when he ( Atiku ) himself was seriously embattled ?

“ Over the years , even in 2014 APC presidential primaries , Tinubu ensured that Atiku came a distant third position Muhammadu Buhari and the then Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State .

“ The law of natural justice is calling on Tinubu to pay back Atiku ’ s benevolence and kind gesture to him over the years , ” Maduako said .

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He admonished Tinubu to reciprocate Atiku ’ s kind gesture to him in the past , especially at this time , when Atiku needs his friendship the most .

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