The All Progressives Congress (APC), has challenged former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; to start the rebuilding of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with the return of the resources the party stole during its 16-year rule.
APC made this statement in response to the advice Atiku gave to his party; to concentrate on strengthening and rebuilding the PDP; rather than dissipating energy on the 2023 elections.
In a statement signed on Sunday, January 5, by the National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu; the ruling party maintained that the former PDP presidential candidate was being insincere.
“APC offers this as a new year counselling to Atiku over his own tongue-in-cheek advice to his party, the PDP; urging them to concentrate on strengthening and rebuilding the PDP for now; rather than dissipating energy on the 2023 elections.
“Atiku and the PDP represent the wasted past which Nigerians have chosen to discard and correct.
“The era when national assets were a bazaar for cronies and friends; an era when funds were approved and released for projects that were never executed; an era where corruption was a state policy.
“Nigerians now enjoy a new dispensation which has ensured massive infrastructural development covering the rail, road, agriculture, aviation, ports, education and health sectors.
“The resolute and pro-people intervention by the President Muhammadu Buhari government has ensured the plugging of revenue leakages; oil sector reforms, anti-corruption policies, economic diversification, rapid infrastructure development; intensification of the fight against violent extremism among others.
“Post-election, Atiku has been afforded an opportunity to defend himself; on the several corruption and criminal indictments that have troubled him in his serial presidential election contests; particularly during the 2019 presidential election. Atiku has rather continued to play the ostrich.
“Instead of Atiku focusing on how to corner the 2023 presidential ticket of the PDP or any of the other political parties where he may choose to purchase his ticket; we call on Atiku, along with other PDP leaders to find the courage to return our resources and seek forgiveness from Nigerians,” the statement read.