2023: It’s time to atone for past leaders’ mistakes – Atiku


Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has said it is time for the atonement of the sins and mistakes of the past and present leaders, as Nigerians prepare for the 2023 general elections.


This was, even as, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, called on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) not to relent on its efforts at ensuring that Nigeria is rescued from the current state.


The trio spoke on the heels of the just concluded national convention of the main opposition party, PDP, in Abuja.


According to Atiku, the PDP might not be perfect in its handling of the affairs of Nigeria in the past; but the APC has done worst things to the economy, security and the dignity of the Nigeria’s citizenry.


“The PDP is not perfect, but the APC has shown themselves as the most corrupt and inefficient.


“Nigeria has never been this bad, since the history of the country. I’m 70 years plus, but I can tell you, I have never seen this country in this form, so disunited, so much insecurity”, he said.


Speaking further, the Presidential Candidate of PDP in 2019 election, said, “We have a chance now to atone for the mistakes of the past.


“We have a chance to sieze the opportunity of putting the country on the part of global reckoning amongst the comity of nations.


“We must step in and save Nigeria from further calamity. We must position ourselves to rescue this country from insecurity, unemployment and restore the dignity of this nation.


“This time is a critical juncture for us to work toward rescuing this country from its present state”.


On his part, Governor Tambuwal, who is the Chairman of PDP Governor’s Forum, said, those who wanted to disintegrate the party were the ones falling while the PDP remains united.


He said, “We are ready to welcome more members to PDP and I charge our members across the country to be ready to receive more members.


“Our young people need a safe and secured country, where they could work on their own and be gainfully employed too”.


Tambuwal assured that, the 13 PDP Governors were working tirelessly “and very determined to stabilize the party and rescue this country from its sorry state”.


Senator Abaribe, in his reaction, said Nigerians were anxiously waiting for PDP to rescue the country, adding that, “the APC government is handicapped and cannot do anything for the people”.


His words, “Our people are saying today that they are tired of the suppression, extra judicial killings, systemic injustices and molestation of opposing voices.


“This clueless government of APC is watching helplessly while our innocent people are being killed and kidnapped, hoodlums and bandits take over our highways and other routes.


“The APC government has deprived our citizens, about 80% of them, of the daily meal they can get and turned Nigeria to the poverty capital of the Wolrd.


“APC government is a looter of our economy and have totally destroyed our economy. When we handed over, dollar was 165 naira and today, it’s over 500 naira”.


The last Saturday’s convention of PDP, which analysts adjudged as the most peaceful political congresses in the history of Nigeria; saw the return of almost all the National Executive Council offices unopposed, except for the positions of National Deputy Chairman (South) and National Youth Leader which were contested for.

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