Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, weekend, said he is greatly indebted to his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Ogun State for playing major roles in his journey through life.

The presidential aspirant for the 2015 general elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was ex-President Obasanjo’s deputy from 1999-2007.

Atiku, who spoke at Oke-Mosan, Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s Office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, disclosed how long years connection with Ogun State and its people had shaped his life.

He said: “as far as I am concerned, my life itself started in Ogun State because my career in civil servant, as you know started on the border town in Idi-Iroko.

“At that time, that was the only official border town between Nigerian and Republic of Benin and the rest of West Africa.

Then Badagry entry point was not even in existence and Idi-Iroko was my first duty post and it was that place that afforded me the opportunity to meet my wife and married here.

“I am not a stranger in this state.

I have traversed the length and breadth of this state, it was very peaceful, very calm, it was such a wonderful experience.

As far as I am concerned to me, this place is home to me and the people of this state are brothers and sisters to me.

“But also come to think of it, the man who made it possible for me through the work of God, to have a national exposure in position of leadership is also from this state, that is my former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo.

So you can see that the connection between me and Ogun.

“When the late Chief MKO Abiola won the election, everybody was expecting that I was going to be his running mate but they did not know that God had something in stock for me not at that time and that it is going to be another period.

“And when President Olusegun Obasanjo became candidate in our great party then, he nominated me to be his Vice President then and that gave me the opportunity to serve this country at the highest level.

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