2023: Atiku breaks silence, says Nigerians waiting for PDP to take over power

From CLEM ONYEMAECHI, Port Harcourt

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has finally spoken a long period of silence, saying, in a chat with reporters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital earlier today, that Nigerians are “eagerly waiting for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to take over power in 2023.”

Atiku who said he was in Rivers “for party affairs” said he had spent the time reconciling touching issues with Governor Wike, stressing that hie meeting with the governor “was, indeed, fruitful.”

According to him, the issues bordered on how to ensure unity and stability in PDP, noting that unity and stability were key to the party clinching electoral victory in 2023.

He said: “Well, I came here to reconcile with the governor on party affairs and how we can ensure that there is unity and stability in the party, so that we can take over government in 2023. I believe that Nigerians can’t wait for 2023 to come, so that PDP will return.”

Speaking on the current insecurity challenges that have overwhelmed the capability of the All Progressives Congress(APC)-led federal government, Atiku described the prevailing situation in the country as bad.

He urged Nigerians to wait for the appropriate time when PDP would unveil its policies on how it wants to address the issue of insecurity across the country.

Atiku stated: “I have never seen it (insecurity) this bad. I am 70 years plus. I have never seen it this bad in terms of security challenges, in terms of economy, in terms of unemployment. This is the worst.

“Why can’t you give us time. We will come up with our policies. We will present them to Nigerians when the time comes.

“We have done that before. Under PDP, we recorded the highest economic growth, the best foreign reserves, we reduced unemployment. You know that we can do it?”

The former vice president also acknowledged the tremendous leadership success recorded by governor Wike, whom he described as a topmost governor among his peers in the party.

“I think he (Wike) is the topmost governor we have in the party. There is no doubt about that in terms of projects, youths and employment, in terms of security. Yes, we have security challenges all over the country.”

He further commended the governor for his outstanding leadership and sterling performance in office.

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