Atiku meets PDP BoT, says party can’t afford to lose 2023 presidential poll
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“I am worried and you should be worried too that if we do not win, it means we will be in opposition again for the next eight years.”
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on members of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be united in working towards the victory of party in 2023.
Mr Abubakar in an interactive session with BoT members to seek their support for his presidential aspiration in Abuja on Tuesday said anything short of victory would not be good for the party.
He said the 2023 general elections offered the party opportunity to return to the power.
“I am worried and you should be worried too that if we do not win, it means we will be in opposition again for the next eight years.
“By the next eight years, I don’t know how many will be left in politics and it may even ultimately lead to the death of the party because people gravitate, particularly in developing countries, towards governments.
“Ordinary people naturally gravitate towards government. So this is a very, very crucial and historical moment in history, for our survival. I want you to think about it.
“ So there is absolutely no reason they should say that there is a deliberate attempts to exclude the South-east in political participation or power sharing.
“So I thought I should disabuse your mind and of course, as an enlightened political class, I don’t think there’s any deliberate policy to exclude anybody in this country,” he said.On his part, Raymond Dokpesi, who is the Director General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Council, called on BoT members to disregards all the ethnic and religious sentiments.
He said that only the former vice president has what it takes to reposition the country.
“We have seen the list of aspirants that have shown interest across the various parts of the country but there’s none that has his credentials, his experience, his capacity and acceptance internationally and nationally.
The Chairman of the BoT, Walid Jubrin, assured that the BoT would provide a level playing field for all aspirants.