The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on his election as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2019 presidential candidate.
According to the party, “this is in keeping with our belief in participatory democracy and the electorate’s right to freely choose from candidates in any political contest”, said Mr Yekini Nabena, ag National Publicity Secretary in a statement.
He said,” in assessing candidates to be voted for during elections, Nigerians will normally consider the candidate’s background and antecedents,” adding that President Muhammadu Buhari has better credentials than Atiku to win the 2019 poll.
For Chief Federick Fasehun, leader of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), the PDP Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, had made a nationally popular decision by electing Abubakar as its flagbearer.
“PDP has done the very needful by giving Nigerians a formidable opposition candidate who not only is capable of giving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a good fight at the general elections but stands an enormous chance of actually winning the coming presidential polls,” he said.
Urging the 11 other PDP presidential gladiators to close ranks and throw their weight behind the winner of the PDP contest, Fasehun said that they should respect the wishes of the party delegates.
“The task to enthrone a truly democratic government of Nigerians, by Nigerians and for Nigerians will not be an easy one, and all hands must be on deck to give Nigerians a government of their dream,” the OPC Founder said.
Showering encomiums on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, OPC said the PDP Presidential candidate was a foremost nationalist, whose personal character, business successes, administrative experience and formidable political credentials marked him out as the leader Nigeria needed at these trying times.
He said that although OPC was non-political, the organisation would extend a hand of fellowship towards the enthronement of a truly democratic and progressive leader for the country.
In a congratulatory letter, Kabiru Turaki who competed with the former Vice President and ten others for their party’s nomination at the convention which was adjudged as fair and transparent, noted that Atiku’s victory bore eloquent testimony to his prowess as a formidable politician with a vast network of supporters.
The former Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs said also that the emergence of the former Vice President as PDP’s candidate attested to his widely-acknowledged attribute of building bridges of friendship across the various divides in the country.
He noted that the former Vice President has the requisite knowledge, experience and political sagacity to defeat the candidate of the ruling party, APC or any other candidate that may want to pose a formidable challenge to him and their party at the presidential poll.