- PDP's presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has criticised the APC over Senate President Ahmed Lawan's emergence as the consensus candidate
- Atiku says Lawan's candidature is undemocratic and such a candidate cannot represent the future of hope Nigerians are looking for
- The former vice president and PDP flagbearer also condemned the ruling party for conducting its convention on working days, noting that 2023 will be a referendum to score the APC
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has knocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the latest reports from its ongoing convention.
Atiku’s criticism came on the heels of the reports that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, was chosen as the APC’s consensus presidential candidate.
According to The Nation, the opposition candidate was of the opinion that the move of the ruling party was not democratic.
Atiku Abubakar's position revealed
The former vice president said:
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It needs no mention that whoever is handpicked as the APC presidential candidate in such a despotic process cannot be any different from the authoritarian fervour of the APC’s establishment.
Such a candidate, therefore, cannot represent the future of hope and brighter aspirations that Nigerians look forward to after the termination of the current state of anomie which the ruling party is known for.
Atiku says the 2023 election is a referendum about the APC scorecard
The PDP presidential aspirant also said that 2023 is an opportunity to score the ruling APC while urging Nigerians to vote wisely come 2023 and not 'to reward failure'.
It is important to stress once again that the 2023 general elections, more than anything else, is a referendum about the scorecard of the APC and Nigerians should not reward their failure with even a day more on the saddle.”
Holding primary on working days is callous and insensitive - Atiku
The former vice president further carpeted the APC for holding its convention during work days. He says:
" If the charade that the APC calls a presidential convention primary election is merely to handpick an anointed candidate, it is important to ask the managers of the ruling party why they elected to slate the so-called convention for a working day, thereby disrupting economic activities around the Federal Capital Territory.
"Should the APC delegates ask themselves what they have been brought to Abuja for, they should know that primaries of their party is not about any of the individuals vying for the presidential ticket of their party, but a referendum on the APC’s scorecard in the past seven years.
He concluded that:
"For residents of the FCT who have been inundated with everyday stress as a result of bad governance by the ruling party, the choice of crucial working days – Monday and Tuesday – as days for the primaries of the APC is a callous and insensitive decision.”
PDP convention: Resign now or Atiku loses in 2023, ex-PDP spokesperson
According to a PDP chieftain, the national chairman of the party should resign as soon as possible because the agitation for a southern presidency has been dashed with Atiku as the party's presidential candidate.
Meanwhile, the elder statesman and leader of the Niger Delta, Chief Edwin Clark, earlier called on Ayu, to resign now, saying he’s no longer fit to lead the opposition party.
2023: PDP chairman finally addresses issue of zoning party's presidential ticket
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, on Thursday, March 24, affirmed that the opposition party will not abandon its tradition of zoning political officers ahead of the 2023 general election.
Speaking while inaugurating the 37-person zoning committee of the party at its national secretariat in Abuja, Ayu said whoever does not get the party's presidency can wait until the end of the tenure of the next president.
“Ayu, as a matter of urgency and if indeed he wants PDP to win the presidential election, should resign and give opportunity for the emergence of a southern chairman as a way of maintaining national balance and a sense of belonging by all.”