Nigerians Waiting For PDP To Wrest Power In 2023 - Atiku - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Nigerians Waiting For PDP To Wrest Power In 2023 - Atiku

                   •Atiku and Wike

Mick Oseji, Port Harcourt

Former Vice President of Nigeria,  Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has said that  Nigerians are waiting eagerly for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wrest power off the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre in 2023.

Atiku said the critical issues before Nigeria are how secure lives and means of livelihood of Nigerians as well as restore peace in the land.

The - two - time presidential contestant who spoke in Government House,  Port Harcourt, the River State Capital City, said he was in the Garden City to rub minds on how to ensure unity and stability in PDP.

According to him, peace and unity within the party are critical for its clinching  electoral victory in 2023. 

He said his meeting with Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike - CON was fruitful. 

Alhaji Atiku explained that party affairs brought him to Port Harcourt, and he had spent the time reconciling touching issues with Governor Wike.

"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," he said.

On the current insecurity challenges that have perceptibly overwhelmed the capability of the All Progressives Congress(APC) led federal government, Alhaji Atiku described it  as bad.

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

"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 , who 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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