Segun Sowunmi, the spokesman of Atiku Campaign Organisation, has said that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is open to the idea of spending only four years if elected as president.
Sowunmi said that just like Mandela did, Atiku is willing to spend only one term in office and hand over power to a younger candidate.
The spokesman stated this while speaking with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show.
He stated that the former Vice-president is even ready to sign a document that would ensure that he doesn’t run for a second term if he is elected as the next president of Nigeria.
“On the one-term thing, I am being extremely honest with you. His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar was the one who said it himself, nobody forced him to say, nobody asked him to say, nobody pushed him to say it,” Sowunmi said.
“I think he said, if the foundations are laid well, one term is more than enough to get the country ready. And he is also probably reacting to the fact that he is hearing that young people are also eager to take charge of their own country.
“He is asking them, ‘okay guys, I hear you, you want to take charge of your country, you have the right to take charge of your country, but it is too divided now, and its a mess.
“Let me stabilise it for you, let me bring about 40 percent of you, men and women, so you can learn exactly the nuances; what it looks like from outside and what it looks like from inside are two different things.
“Come and learn, and after four years, I can do a Mandela. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, came out, he did four years, he did one term, and left power to a younger person, Thambo Mbeki, and the country is making progress.
“We have to get out of this idea that a nation is only going to be run on the integrity of one incompetent fellow.
“What he is saying is: ‘give me a legal document and I would sign it’. If you are too cynical to believe, if you bring that document, he would sign it.”
Sowunmi slammed the Muhammadu Buhari-led government for leaving important issues and attacking individuals instead.
“The reason why it has become almost difficult for anyone to believe that four years is a long time is because of the ineptitude of the present government. Six months no cabinet.
“One year, two years, they are still not facing the issues, if its not Jonathan today, its Obasanjo tomorrow. That is not how to be a president.
“You take the issues that you have to contend with, the ones you have serious issues with you put them towards the court process to go and deal with that but you face the new work that you are supposed to be doing.
“After four years, what are you going to tell the people? Are you going to tell them that you were voted in to give excuses?”.
The spokesman said Atiku’s policy document will be released in a few days.