- Atiku advised Secondus on way forward after the national convention that as disputed by some members
- The ex-vice president says unity within PDP is crucial to kicking the ruling APC out of office in 2019
- He said Nigerians will look up to PDP to rectify the misgovernment of the APC
Ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar has slammed his former party All Progressives Congress (APC) and described it as the ‘enemy’ of the people of Nigeria.
The Punch quoted a statement by Atiku Media Office as congratulating the new chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus and warning the opposition party to avoid making mistakes that would allow APC continue in office.
Atiku noted that Secondus and other newly elected national officials of the PDP should run an all-inclusive administration where the various interests within the party would be accommodated.
The statement read: “Our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party is, again, at the threshold of an historical moment.
“Just as we mobilised to put an end to prolonged military rule in 1999, the people of Nigeria at this moment look up to us to rescue the country from the misgovernment of the APC.
“Arising from our elective congress, there should be no victor and no vanquished. Our paramount attention should be focused at sacking a government that deceived the people of Nigeria into power by promising our youths three million jobs annually, only to deliver three million job losses annually; a government that is repeatedly living in denial of its commitment to restructuring.
“We must be united to take power back to where it belongs: the Nigerian people.
“As members of the PDP, we must take pride in being able to hold a national convention and in so doing, live up to the bill of being a truly democratic political party.
“Our major opponent has not been able to achieve this feat and I join millions of our party members to congratulate the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee.
“I understand that there are complaints and grievances from many of the co-contestants in the congress. I am aware that the PDP has a mechanism for addressing such complaints and it is important that such avenues of redress are made available for members to explore without let or hindrance.
“I call on all our leaders and members to rally the new executive for the sake of our party, Nigeria and the good of our people.”
Atiku's words come just as the APC slammed the outcome of the PDP's national convention as a sham.
NAIJ.com had reported that in a statement signed by the party’s national spokesman Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC mocked the process which it claimed was full of irregularities.
The statement read: “In reacting to revelations of how money-for-votes and systematic rigging was brazenly perpetuated during the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) is mindful of the popular axiom: “A leopard cannot change its spot”."
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