Atiku: APC has failed to unite Nigeria
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would witness mass defection of its members to the PDP in a few weeks time. This is just as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said Nigeria is a failed state under the APC, as more people have died in the country under the ruling party than in Iran and Afghanistan.
Secondus and Atiku spoke yesterday in Yola, Adamawa State, at the North-East rally of PDP on the occasion which witnessed Atiku’s formal declaration to contest the 2019 presidential election on the party’s platform, said the political tsunami will destroy the APC.
The rally was a carnival of some sort, which attracted prominent PDP leaders including members of the National Working Committee (NWC) . The party also received new members from other political parties into its fold. Secondus said the ruling party is a nest of corruption, noting that the APC-led Federal Government has not been able to disburse funds to states for projects execution because of confusion and corruption that have bedeviled the administration.
A statement by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, quoted the PDP National Chairman as accusing the APC of turning Nigeria into a killing field. “PDP is determined to end the circle of continued bloodletting in the country,” Secondus promised, noting that leaders of the breakaway faction of APC, the Reformed APC were threatened by the ruling party. He assured aspirants on the PDP platform of level playing field. Atiku, while announcing his intention to seek the party’s ticket for next year’s presidential election, said the APC-led Federal Government has performed below expectation in all facets of governance.
“The APC government has failed to unite Nigerians as we are more divided now than any other time in the history of this country,” he said, adding that the APC has destroyed the Nigerian economy as the party took over an economic growth from seven per cent and brought it down to less than two per cent.
“These fundamental issues (security and economy) are key to our survival in the country, but unfortunately Nigeria today has the highest number of unemployed youths in the history of this country as more than 10 million of our youths are unemployed,” he said.
He, however, said that he is poised to work with other compatriots in the PDP to secure the party’s nomination for the next year’s election, rebuild the economy and reunite the country. “What the PDP is going to do is to restore our economy, restore hope of a greater Nigeria and ensure that we have security of lives and property. I, therefore, appeal to all of you, wherever you may be, that it is time to now re-embrace the party that has given us unity, prosperity and security in this country.
“Now my brothers and sisters, what the Peoples Democratic Party is going to do is to reform our economy, to unify our country, to ensure we have security of lives and properties,” Atiku said.
He, therefore, appealed to all PDP stakeholders and members as well as all Nigerians to join hands with him to ensure the return of the party to governance in the interest of the country. Another party stakeholder, Senator Ben Maurice Bruce said Nigerians need a President that can read and write and not one that would be dictated to.
Two of the eight commissioners in the APC-led Adamawa State government that decamped to the PDP in the state and three members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly and the Chairman of Guyuk Local Government Council and his councilors were in attendance at the rally. The Commissioners are that of Land and Survey, Ibrahim Mijinjiwa, Commerce and Industry, Umaru Daware, while the defected State House of Assembly members represent Michika, Larmude and Loko/Koma constituencies.
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