Nigeria2015: Atiku declares readiness to debate PDP on job creation, economy, others

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar was Nigeria’s former vice president

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has asked Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to stop looking for scapegoats, and take responsibility for the state of the nation. He also asked the PDP to stop name-calling, saying it would not resolve the crisis rocking the party.

Mr. Abubakar, who recently decamped from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC, also expressed his readiness to take on the ruling party in a public debate.

In a statement by his media office in Abuja on Monday, Mr. Abubakar said it was inappropriate for the leadership of his former party to describe him as an “ingrate.”

The PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, had released a statement on Sunday in which he berated Mr. Abubakar for stating that the PDP is Nigeria’s problem.

But Mr. Abubakar said that as a former Vice President and someone who had worked hard in the formation of the PDP, he deserved respect and decent language from the
party’s leaders.

“The personal insults in the PDP statement succeeded in doing just one thing, which is to depict its managers as childish, petulant, and above all else incompetent. It confirms the notion on the part of many that they don’t have what it takes to live up to their ‘sacred’ mandate,” he said.

He also said the leadership of the PDP has lost its way, and its refusal to recognise its error has prompted the shepherds to, reluctantly, move on, for the nation’s sake to build a better future for the country’s teeming population.

The former vice president said the new guard in the PDP kept a low profile when he and other champions of democracy fought in the frontline to remove the military from power.

“Since almost all of us – the founding members of the PDP – have been hounded out of the party because we allegedly have one aspiration or the other. People who supported military rule or did not even know what was going on are now the masters of PDP, and present themselves as the custodians of the nation’s future. But I challenge anyone of them to show their contribution except looting the Nigerian treasury,” the former Vice President said.

“If I and other patriots working in tandem with the National Assembly did not work together to retain term limits in the Constitution none of those holding power today would have been there from local, state or federal governments. Those who wrap themselves in the PDP banner should at least recognise and respect those of us who made today’s debates possible,” Mr. Abubakar said.

The former vice president said the new masters of the PDP were detached from reality and had chosen to ignore counsel, and that the latest slur illustrates why the party has lost its play, and why it has become a threat to the country’s future.

“I am ready to debate the PDP on issues such as jobs, security, infrastructure, healthcare and the economy, and the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria,” he said.

“But I am not sure the PDP is ready to do this in the calm and objective manner we – all Nigerians – deserve,” he concluded.


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  • sirjoka

    Sai Turaki? Over to you now Abati or Gulak or the fat other one I cant recall his name.

    • redeem

      Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido to marry a new wife.

      The wife-to-be is the younger sister to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the indicted former BPC Boss and Deputy national secretary of APC. While the exact date for the wedding have not been fixed, all roads will lead to Daudawa in Katsina State for the Nikai ceremony. The new found relationship between El-Rufai and the Out-going CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido, have already yielded economic benefit, as the CBN Governor awarded a N5billion Contract to El-Rufai for the design of the N98billion CBN Civic centre in Abuja. Whic Senator from the North said oil revenue is not reaching the North of Boko haram Pride price expected to be paid with Kudi from the groundnut pyramids Lugard left in the North-sha

      • sirjoka

        U are an imbecile and lack correct brain functionality to correlate ur affairs, let alone see things with clear perspective irrespective of religion or tribe.

  • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

    But El-Rufa’i said your claims on third term were figments.

  • Mani_Kay

    OBJ said that Atiku is a die-hard thief and extremely corrupt criminal of dubious character …….

    El Rufai said that Atiku is the most corrupt Nigerian ………….

    Atiku should start by debating OBJ and El Rufai …….. period.

  • max

    Atiku has gone to meet Elrufai, Ribadu, fani Kayode and the chief navigator himself baba iyabo in APC very soon they will push him out of APC again. It appears that as long as obj remains alive Atiku can’t be the president of Nigeria. Even though he is making every effort to cash into the face off between Jonathan and obj claiming that he and obj are on the same page.
    Atiku should keep quiet and see if he can make something out of APC. more especially now that he joined already formed party. He can’t struggle the structure of Apc with anyone. He will abide by the condition that Tinubu will give him. He can’t aim more than Tinubu can accept.

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Atiku is a founding Father of the PDP, he have spoken all that Nigerians need to know about PDP, it is a group of people manipulating Nigerians, they must be stopped before it is too late.

  • redeem

    Were u atiku not there for 8 yrs with obj-in PDP-so how can u now turn around to say u want to debate a member of yr former party? Aware u also contributed in no small measures to the destruction of the country-via yr frequent quarrels with obj-award of contracts in the oil sector–the thievery of oil blocks–sadly u are the biggest oil magnet in the country-and u say u yearn to debate Jonathan-OBJ WAS OIL MINISTER FOR 6 YRS WHILE U WERE WITH HIM–Besides are u going to debate him as the presidential candidate of APC or what-under which platform do u intend to debate with the president or PDP?

  • sir Oscie

    Atiku, has the experience for this, knowing fully well that he currently run businesses which are providing jobs for our youths across the country, and seeing how many CVs his firms receive. So Atiku knows how high the unemployment in Nigeria is and I will advice the government to tap into his wealth of experience, To discuss the way forward for our youths.