Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has branded his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as “enemy” of the Peoples Democratic Party and that of the people of Nigeria.
He urged his new party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unite and wrest power from the APC led government in the next presidential election, saying APC deceived the people to get power.
In a statement by Atiku Media Office, the former Vice President urged unity among PDP members, following the election of the party’s executive at its National Convention on Saturday.
He congratulated the new National Chairman of the party,Prince Uche Secondus, and other elected executive officials.
He said the immediate challenge before the newly elected national officials of the PDP was to run an all-inclusive administration where the various interests within the party would be accommodated.
The statement reads: “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.”
Meanwhile, the newly ected National Chairman of the party, Secondus, has said the ruling APC was hurriedly assembled to seize power, with no cogent plan for governance.
He said the party failed Nigerians because of its faulty foundation and lack of solid ideas for development.
Speaking after he was sworn-in following his victory at the PDP National Convention at the Eagle Square in Abuja, Secondus said: “In the words of the 34th President of the United States of America Dwight Eisenhower, ‘If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.’
“Judging from this, it is crystal clear to all Nigerians that APC is not a political party, but a body hurriedly assembled to seize power without a clear-cut plan for governance.”
Secondus polled 2,000 votes to defeat Prof. Tunde Adeniran, who polled 230 votes; and Mr. Raymond Dokpesi, who garnered 66 votes at the national convention.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Electronic) to the Rivers State Governor, Simeon Nwakaudu, quoted Secondus as saying that the PDP remained the only credible alternative that was founded on the platform of sustainable development.
“Those founding fathers had in mind a prosperous and lasting democracy, as captured in the preamble of our constitution, clearly stating their desire for a free and egalitarian society,” he said.
“Even in our perceived failure of 2015, we chose to abide by our strong faith in democracy, willingly conceding power to the opposition, thereby elevating the democratic status of Nigeria. We are true democrats.
“I can, therefore, say without an iota of doubt that PDP’s contributions to the growth and sustenance of democracy in this country in the last 18 years remain unequalled,” Secondus said.