Peter Obi, the ex- Governor of Anambra and vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has said his boss, Atiku Abubakar, did not build his private university ‘American University of Nigeria’ for financial interest.
Obi, who spoke during a town hall meeting in Abuja, tagged ‘The Candidates,’ on Wednesday evening, stated that Abubakar built the university in his home state of Adamawa because he saw the priority of human development.
The former Anambra governor said, “He (Abubakar) built a private university. Tell me who else among his class built one. And to show you that he wasn’t building the university for money, he built it in Adamawa.
“He had the opportunity as vice president to take land in Abuja and build it, or build it in Lagos. He saw the imperative of education for development and went to develop an area that should have been developed.”
When the moderator, Kadaria Ahmed, asked why Abubakar did not develop the education system instead, Obi said, “Under the PDP, the Universal Basic Education (Commission) was started. It even went to tax companies two per cent to establish that office to be able to educate the people.
“It was actually partnering with states in order to be able to educate their people. Go and look at all the states that are doing badly today; they are from one party.”