Atiku, right with Speaker, Yakubu Dogara at the at the three day prayer for late Alhaji Adamu Chroma at the deceased residence in Wuse II, Abuja on Saturday.
Presidential hopeful of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has hailed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding amongst the various opposition parties including the PDP, the African Democratic Congress, the Reformed-All Progressive Congress and many other parties as a watershed moment towards the consolidation of democracy, politics of purpose and citizens centered development in Nigeria.
Thirty-eight political parties under the platform of Coalition of Unity Political Parties, CUPP, yesterday in Abuja signed a pact that would assist the emergence of a common presidential candidate in the 2019 polls. Also on the agenda is the agreement to present unity candidates for governorship position in the 36 states of the country.
Commending the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and his National Working Committee and National Executive Committee, “for having the foresight to bring together Nigeria’s opposition parties under one big umbrella,” he said he endorses the “exercise and looked forward to a spirit of collaboration amongst ourselves as we continue the campaign for the deliverance of Nigeria from the forces of retrogression, recession, division and blame games.”
He said: “It might be a cliche, but it still remains true that unity is strength and that only team work can make the dream work. I refer to the dream of our Founding Fathers for an indivisible united country that is progressive and founded on unity and faith.
“Much work needs to be done. Sadly, in the last three years, Nigeria has become the world headquarters of extreme poverty. We must thus rub our heads and minds together to ensure that by 2019, extreme poverty is on its way to becoming history even as we usher in extreme peace, progress and prosperity in its place.”