SAN FRANCISCO, December 05, (THEWILL) – Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked politicians who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to other parties to return saying there is no other political party in the country apart from the PDP.
Atiku spoke in Abuja, on Tuesday, when he paid a courtesy call on the national leadership of the party at its National Headquarters in Abuja.
Atiku had resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and later announced that he had returned to the PDP, which he left in 2014 with others to form the APC.
Speaking after a closed door meeting with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Atiku said he was very grateful to the leadership of the party for granting him the opportunity to visit the party despite the tight schedule of its leaders.
“I like to thank you very much indeed for this privilege and opportunity granted me to do so, realising that this is a very busy for you,” he said.
“All what I have come to do today is to come and show my face. Many people have read in the media that I have returned home. This is home.
“Let me pay tribute to past leadership of this great party wherever they may be and to call upon them to please return home as I have done.
“It is only by their returning home that we will build a stronger, more united party that can again return to government and continue to deliver the dividends of democracy.
“I can bet you the records we have achieved so far in governance, no government has yet even done 50 per cent of what we have achieved in government, not to talk of equalling our performance in government.
“Over the years, like any or every human organisation, PDP has faced its challenges. But I want to pay tribute to those who have stayed steadfast through thick and thin to see us through to this point.
“Now that we have learnt our lessons, I hope that we will be guided by the lessons we have learnt. And that is to make sure that we build an all-inclusive party, where every part of this country will have a sense of belonging and sense of participation
“Mr. Chairman, I want to congratulate you for a wonderful work which you have been doing to redeem the image of this party, to return it, rebrand it and return it to its original form.
“I want to assure you of my support and cooperation at all times, to make sure that these objectives are achieved by you and subsequently by your successors.”
On his part, Makarfi said Atiku’s return had opened the flood gates and that the party expects more high profile returnees and new entrants into the PDP in the days ahead.
“So PDP must be prepared for this, and be ready to reconcile and reintegrate in such a way and manner that everybody will be treated and given a level playing field to purse his or her personal aspiration. That is what PDP must stand for if it has to survive.
“You have returned in good time and you should continue to contribute in this reinvention, remodeling of our party so that come 2019, we can reclaim what we can claim as ours. Because we still remain the only true democratic party in the true sense of the the word.
“We thank you for coming before the convention so that you can contribute to what we have started going forward. We will continue to consult you.
“You will also help us reinvent the vehicle that will take us to Aso rock in 2019, we are not just targeting Aso Rock, we are targeting the federal legislature, the states; both the executive and legislature. We are targeting the local governments.
“We want to sweep elections all across the country. As a united party, we have the capacity and we have the ability to do so.”