I used to sell firewood – Ex-VP Atiku Abubakar


The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 23 election, Alh. Atiku Abubakar, has touched on his humble beginnings in a statement he released ahead of the verdict of the Supreme Court.

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The former Vice President had appealed the judgment of the presidential election tribunal in favour of the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the statement, the PDP presidential candidate touched on his background saying he used to hawk firewood in Jada Local Government area of Adamawa State where he hails from.

According to him, “Nothing good comes easy; and hard as the task to rid Nigeria of the forces of fascism and be an instrument for the full restoration of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria is, your support makes the struggle worthwhile.

“I owe so much to this great land of Nigeria that took me from the streets of Jada, where I sold firewood to the heights I have attained, by God’s benevolence, in the civil service, in corporate Nigeria and in public service.

“If I do not play my part in making it possible for other orphaned children, indigent youths and the less privileged, to replicate and even surpass my path to significance, I would have failed my maker. If I do not ensure that the ladder I climbed remains accessible to those at the bottom, middle and top tiers of society, I would not have fulfilled my purpose.”

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