The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has thanked the United Nations for its interest and sustained commitment to the growth of democratic processes in Nigeria.
Alhaji Atiku gave kudos to the world umbrella body at a reception ceremony in Abuja for a delegation of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, led by Ambassador Mahamat Saleh, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.
At the meeting, Ambassador Saleh said the United Nations has a special interest in ongoing events in Nigeria because of the special influence that Nigeria holds in ECOWAS and the entire African continent.
The former Vice-President also hosted diplomats from the Southern African Development Community (SADEC), led by Ambassador Pule Mphothwe of Botswana, as well as officials of the South Korean Embassy in Nigeria, led by Ambassador Kim Young-Chae.
Meanwhile, the director-general of the PDP presidential campaign council and governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, said arrangements have been concluded for the council to have a successful issue-based campaign to market the party’s presidential candidate based on his programmes.
Governor Tambuwal, who stated this after a tour of the presidential campaign office in Abuja, drummed support for Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar’s candidacy and announced that the party would flag off its campaigns at Uyo, Akwa Ibom state next week.
In the meantime, a PDP Presidential Campaign Spokesman, Charles Aniagwu has said the crisis rocking the party will soon be over.
Speaking in Abuja, Mr Aniagwu said the party’s reconciliation efforts were yielding results and bringing hope of resolving the crisis in no distant time.
Reporting by Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor