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Atiku, Turaki Meet Forum of PDP Ex-Presiding Officers Over 2019 Elections

As the race to pick the Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election intensify, two aspirants-former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and ex-Minister of Special Duties, Barrister Kabiru Tanimu Turaki Tuesday in Abuja met with the Forum of Former Presiding Officers of State Assemblies elected on the platform of the party to avail them of their respective plans for the nation. The duo met with the members of the forum separately as part of their on-going consultation among stakeholders of the party.

 

Atiku was the first to arrive and met behind close door with the former Presiding officers drawn from the six-geo-political zones of the country alongside members of his campaign organization. The meeting which lasted less than thirty minutes left Atiku in good spirits as he emerged shortly after, beaming with smiles. Although Atiku did not disclose details of what transpired at the meeting, the PDP 2019 Presidential hopeful berated the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration handling of the violent killings in some parts of the country. He called for increased dialogue amongst the leadership of the affected communities, adding that news of mindless killings in the nation is denting the image of the country before the international community.

 

He described the forum as “A force to be reckoned with based on the number of its members and their experiences,” even as he described the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as deficient in the required experience good enough to take Nigeria to the next level. “They (APC) don’t have the experience, they don’t have the capacity. I think the people of Nigeria need to sit down and evaluate the APC and PDP. There is nothing to say about the APC,” he said.

 

On his part, Turaki expressed confidence in the ability of the PDP to put the woes of 2015 behind, saying more than anything else, the rebranded platform of the party would oust the ruling party in 2019. According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), “The PDP has men and women of impeccable integrity and credibility; men and women that have been known to be bridge builders; men and women that have the knowledge, education and experience. PDP has people that have done it before and those capable of doing it again. So, this is why we say the PDP is different from any political party in the history of this country."

 

"Nigerians have also had the rare opportunity of trying others and have seen the result of that trial which has led Nigerians into poverty, despondency, penury, hunger and certainly, Nigerians now want to bring back the PDP. Yes, as human beings, we were not infallible. We have made our mistakes but those were genuine mistakes. We keep saying we have learnt from those mistakes and when we get the opportunity again, we assure Nigerians that what we are going to do will be beyond their imagination,” Turaki said.

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