2023: Atiku Is My Friend but I Won’t Influence Party Decisions – PDP Chairman; The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party,Sen. Iyiochia Ayu, has pledged not to allow his particular relationship with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to impact the party’s decision on its 2023 Presidential ticket.
Ayu, gave the pledge while responding to reflections by the former Vice President, who was at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja, on Thursday, to interact with members of the PDP National Working Committee.
He expressed the party’s gratefulness to Atiku for easing the accession of the PDP National Secretariat during his time in office. Ayu said, Let me start by admitting that, you and I’ve been musketeers for over 30 times. As it was indicated, we were crucial players in the Social Democratic Party.
“We’ve been working politically together, you are an official applicant today, I believe individuals should realize that you are as still my brother. I ca n’t deny you, I noway deny my musketeers including those who are at the other disastrous party.
I ’m saying this that those who say oh, because of my particular relationship with you, as president, I’ll work for you. Mr Vice President, I’ll not work for you as an applicant, I’ll work for all the 17 applicants.
It’s left for you to move the delegates of our party that you’re the stylish, you have to vend yourself, you have to work hard, this NWC, for now, will remain an arbiter, we aren’t going to take sides with any particular applicant but we love you all.
Atiku, while informing the NWC of his desire to seek the party’s nomination to dispute the 2023 presidential election, recalled his long- standing relationship with utmost, if not all members of the party’s NWC.
Atiku said, Veritably numerous of you in this National Working Committee, have interacted with me politically and else for a veritably, veritably long time. I won’t tell you what I am. What qualifications I’ve and what I can do for this party and for this country.
According to him, his desire to lead Nigeria was anchored on his desire to unify Nigerians, secure their lives and property, as well as ameliorate the frugality among other effects.
“ Secondly, I said I was going to deal with security issues there has to be security before anything differently. Mr Chairman and members of the NWC, about 7 months agone.
“I was on a visit to Niger State and I chose to pay a kindness approach the Governor and the Governor told me ‘Sir, we have around 12 Local Government which are under the control of bandits, we do n’t know how to conduct choices in those original governments;
I went to the President and said we need further bobbies and the President said‘how can I give you further bobbies when the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission are in the court on who’ll retain bobbies. I can not be that kind of President.
He further said, And that’s where we’re as at moment, we can not retain bobbies because the two agencies are in court, we’ve a chairman who can not be heads of two agencies under control, his own heads of the department, not indeed ministers.
“I won’t be that sort of President since you and I Mr Chairman have worked in a similar cabinet previously.
“ I ’m then to inform you of my decision to run again. I prompt you to give the terrain for the stylish seeker to crop. Mr Chairman, I dare say I ’m the stylish seeker.
“Under ordinary conditions, this is a person who as of now has 11 million votes in the kitty and I feel like a party, I ought to be given the right of first refusal.
“ But we’re in a republic all that I can prompt you is that the way you have started you should continue by being veritably fair, veritably believable and give every competitor to face the electorate.