Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential hopeful, has made efforts to build cordial ties with the EU mission in Nigeria.
In the run-up to the general election in 2023, Atiku sought support for political bilateral relations with a focus on Nigeria’s future and the success of the elections.
Following a private meeting with the EU delegation on Thursday, the former vice president made the statement while speaking with The PUNCH at the EU Complex in Abuja. He emphasized that for Nigeria to realize its full potential, a cooperation with the EU as well as national unity were essential.
“We are here for friendly discussions with the EU delegation, just a bilateral discussion. In addition, I shared my vision of a greater Nigeria and gave them an insight into my socio-economic and political agenda for our country,” he said.
Samuella Isiope, the head of the EU ambassadors in Nigeria, said that the meeting was merely a usual discussion with Nigerian political figures.
“This is in the framework of our regular dialogue and the engagement with the political actors and all stakeholders of the electoral process.
“We had a very fruitful meeting and exchange on many issues of interest and also for the relations between Europe and Nigeria. And of course, we have confirmed the shared interest that we have for Nigerian elections to be peaceful and credible.”
She asserts that Nigeria has one of the largest democracies in the world and the largest democracy in Africa. Therefore, events in Nigeria are significant not just for Nigerians.
She went on to say that the team hoped to host additional presidential contenders so they could meet with the group of ambassadors from the European Union.