A FORMER Vice President and, now, Presidential candidate on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Atiku Abubakar has promised to unify the country if elected to lead the country in 2023.
Atiku made the pledge during an interactive session with PDP delegates in Rivers State.
He said the APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari had by its actions caused disunity among Nigerians and fostered insecurity.
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“Can you govern without uniting peoples and bringing peace? It is very important,” he questioned, adding, “Today we found ourselves in a similar situation because the APC government has been a unilateral government and, therefore, there is disunity. and because of the disunity, now we face insecurity. in all the countries.”
Atiku stressed that giving a sense of belonging to each religious and ethnic group would be his priority, as stated in his declaration speech.
He said: ‘That’s why in my declaration speech I said the number one thing for me was to make sure I unified this country.
“I will give a sense of belonging to every part of this country; I will give a sense of belonging to each ethnic group; I will give a sense of belonging to each religious group. After unifying the country, then we tackle insecurity.
He underscored the need to tackle the insecurity plaguing the country, adding that tackling insecurity would pave the way for economic prosperity.
“If we don’t restore law, order and peace, we can’t do anything. After restoring security in general, we will now move on to economy. We have the experience. We have taken Nigeria from the bottom to the highest economy in Africa.
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“Now APC has guided us all the way down, up and down. That’s why I just can’t understand how anyone can vote for APC in this country because we’ve suffered and we’re suffering,” he said.
The former vice president called for unity among PDP members and supporters, saying that only through unity can the party emerge victorious at all levels in the 2023 general election.
He urged delegates, “PDP must come together to win this time. It doesn’t matter what the outcome of the agreement is. Let’s unite and win. We have been in opposition for eight years, we cannot afford to be in opposition for another eight years.