…blames ruling party for Nigeria’s economic woes
Candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, says he’ll tackle the perennial insecurity confronting the country, if elected president in the 2023 presidential election.
Atiku also promised to unite Nigerians.
The PDP presidential flagbearear made these promises in his acceptance speech after he was declared winner of the PDP presidential primary election held on Saturday in Abuja.
He lambasted the ruling All Progressives Congress over its failure to sustain the various achievements of the PDP during its 16-year tenure.
He, however, promised to recover the lost grounds, if elected president in 2023.
Atiku said, “I am going to deal decisively with our security challenges in this country. I also pledge to confront our economic challenges, which were caused by the APC government. The PDP made Nigeria one of the most prosperous, prosperous countries on the African continent.
“We implemented economic reforms that brought about jobs, and prosperity in this country. The APC came in and wiped out all those gains. That’s why I said today is a very, very historic day. Because it is going to give us an opportunity for us to revise all the misgovernance on the APC government.”
The PDP presidential candidate extended his hand of fellowship to other aspirants in the election, urging them to cooperate with him to wrest power from the ruling APC.
He added, “Let me also use this opportunity to call on my fellow contestants. And to assure them that I’m ready to cooperate and work with them and give them a sense of belonging in this party and our next government.
“Therefore, my fellow compatriots, I want to appreciate your efforts in deepening our democratic processes in this party. It was a well, quality primary election. So, I commend you for that and I look forward to working with you very closely. So that together we can build this party to a level where we can take over the government.”
Atiku appealed to aggrieved party members to exhaust the PDP internal conflict resolution mechanisms rather seeking the intervention of the courts.