A former Vice President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, on a consultation visit to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, predicted a sweeping victory for the PDP in the 2019 presidential elections, saying the party will win between 25 and 27 States.
He predicated his assurance of victory for the PDP on the fact that Nigerians are already fed up with the hardship and intolerable disposition of the present APC-led government, and challenged Nigerians to oust APC from government if they desired to continue to have a country.
The PDP presidential aspirant said that those making Nigeria unbearable for its citizens today, were not part of the struggles towards the actualisation of democracy.
His words “The country is in its worse state today. I have never seen it since the civil war. Ethnic division, north against south, this is very dangerous for our survival as a country. We must do all what we can to address this situation. We have to unite together to arrest this, otherwise you would one day wake up and find out that we don’t have a country, God forbid”.
“We may end up with 25-27 PDP states in Nigeria, because every part of this country is fed up with this government. And this is the most intolerant government I have ever seen in this country. And unfortunately for us, he was not even part of this struggle.
“The situation in APC states is horrible. You cannot even meet like this. They are intolerable because they were not part of the struggle for actualisation of democracy. If PDP was like this, there would not have been any opposition party in this country.
“Let us therefore unite and make sure that we free this country and our people from this situation. The political restructuring of this country is inevitable, whether we like it or not. We must deploy resources and powers to the federated units of this country. If states and Local Government Areas are given more resources and powers, the people would hold them accountable”.
The former Vice President decried the disunity, ethnicity, divisions and religious intolerance so far promoted by the present federal government, noting that such was quite dangerous for the continued survival and oneness of the country.
He maintained that given the extent of decay in the country at the moment, Nigerians would need to support a candidate with the qualities, capacity, experience and the qualification to face the challenges.
“I can do that job, but only with your support”, he assured.
A former PDP national chairman, Jim Nwodo, described Nigeria as a country under siege when there is war, and has gotten to a point where hunger, poverty and killing of the people have become the order of the day.
He added that the present federal government has failed to fulfill its campaign promises.
Nwodo said, “We have never had it this bad. We were promised we’ll never go abroad for medical treatment, but the person who made the promise is first to go. Someone we’ve not seen his school certificate calls our youths lazy. In this state of total hopelessness, we bring a Messiah today. An exemplary entrepreneur, who recognizes intellect”.
PDP stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State in their separate messages unanimously expressed optimism that Atiku has the pedigree and the detribalised disposition to pull Nigeria out of its present predicament.
They all recalled Atiku’s role during the resource control struggles and stressed the need for restructuring Nigeria and assured that Akwa Ibom practices PDP as a religion.
They also assured Atiku that if the state governor this time around gives a directive that is not in the stakeholders collective interests, they would deviate.
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