A pressure group within the Peoples Democratic Party
, PDP, operating under the auspices PDP Action 2023 has called former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to step aside and stay out of the contest for the ticket of the party in 2023.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of the PDP ACTION 2023, they said Atiku Abubakar is always aloof on issues that affect the party and only should interest when elections are getting close to lobby for the presidential ticket.
According to them, Atiku relocated to Dubai after the last election and came back recently ahead of the national convention of the party.
“In 2019, the PDP presented Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
. He contested against President Buhari and lost. He will be 77 in 2023.
“It is very shameful that since he lost the presidential election, he moved to Dubai, abandoning all members of PDP, all the stakeholders, and millions of ordinary Nigerians who voted for him and PDP in 2019.
“It is a betrayal of trust for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to neglect the feelings and sacrifices of ordinary voters who supported him and PDP in 2019.
“Now 2023 elections are once again at hand, he has returned and started politicking once again. Apparently, the only thing he is very good at, is politics.
“Since he came back, he has re-emerged in the spotlight. He visited Governor Wike in Port Harcourt. Moved to Delta to see Gov. Okowa.
“He just attended the funeral of Gov. Okowa’s father and thereafter moved to Edo State to meet Gov. Obaseki, from there he visited Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State. He keeps gallivanting about. He was one of the featured guests at the opulent display in Kano at the wedding of President Buhari’s son.
“However, as the PDP was embroiled in crises, two weeks ago, one would have thought that as the last flag bearer of the party, that he would stay engaged to find a solution. No. He rather travelled to Morocco to see his new wife. Of course he is entitled to his family life and privileges. But it smacks of leadership incapacity to fiddle while PDP was burning.
“Recently, having realized the untenable position he put himself in, he sought to mitigate or soften the blow by leaking a letter he wrote to PDP NWC as an after-thought. In the said letter, he scandalously claimed that he has been living in Dubai for so long in order to improve on his education, to learn how to rule Nigeria.
“We think that time has come for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to step aside and allow others, preferably the younger generation, to step forward.
“He can be asked to take the position of the Chairman PDP Board of Trustees where he will play an advisory role to younger politicians, as an elder statesman.”