PDP Is A Setback, Burden For Nigeria – Atiku

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Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has finally opened up on why he dumped the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP adding that the party has become Nigeria’s problem and a setback and burden for the nation.

Atiku in an interview with Punch said it did not matter to him who emerged as the APC candidate in the 2015 presidential election but that the opposition should build a strong and united party with zero tolerance for the impunity that had characterised the PDP.

According to Atiku, “The problems of the PDP are now national problems, beyond the capacity of one man. I tried as an individual to tackle it from within the fold, it did not work.

“I am not ashamed to tell you that.  My APC idea is to stop the PDP from continuing to be Nigeria’s problem.”

In the interview, Abubakar noted that his primary purpose of moving to the APC was not to pursue a personal ambition but to work with “like-minded persons” to provide Nigerians with the change they desired.

“The PDP is, today, a party of the establishment – the status quo. The APC is more people-oriented – a party of social democrats. And that is where I belong right from my Social Democratic Party days. I am pro-people,” he noted.

“When I was pushed out of the party (PDP) in 2006 and went back in 2009, the reason behind my action was to square up to the challenges of preserving the vision of the party.

“But, the reality is that the PDP has lost its soul. Those who call the shots now are not development-oriented and, therefore, uncomfortable with any progressive element and people-oriented ideas.”

Atiku stressed that the PDP has abandoned Nigerians, the very people who gave it life and many electoral victories and has finally lost it soul. He concluded that the party was beyond redemption.

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