Atiku, Wike’s reconciliation is in national interest – RAF


 

The ongoing reconciliation meeting between the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is in the interest of the nation.

The PDP House of Representatives Aspirants Forum (RAF) stated this at the weekend.

The group in a statement by its Chairman, Hon. Muhammad Danjuma (Garkuwa babba), said that the reconciliation is necessary in order to end the sufferings and the dangers imposed on Nigerians by the incompetent administration of All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

RAF said that the reconciliation of Atiku and Wike is important, urging both leaders to demonstrate their known principle of subjecting personal or group interest to national interest.

The group said: “At this point of our democratic struggle, it is important to bring to the fore the contributions of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike to the formation and survival of PDP in Nigeria.

“Atiku and Wike have struggled for the liberal democratic structure and internal democracy of PDP. Both are equally aware that the pursuit of national interest is a core objective of PDP and they have in the past demonstrated their loyalty to national interest for the collective benefits of Nigerians.

“The 2023 Presidential election is crucial to the survival of democracy in Nigeria.The reconciliation of Atiku and Wike is important and both leaders must demonstrate their known principle of subjecting personal or group interest to national interest. Nigerians are clearly stressed from the misrule of the APC government and a rescue team from the failure of government is the desire of all Nigerians.

“There is no doubt that the rescue efforts will be collective by all Nigerians. The leadership of this rescue mission falls on Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of PDP. He cannot do it alone. He needs the support of Nigerians and the pivotal role of leading Nigerian Patriots such as Nyesom Wike.

“Nigerians are good people and they are wise people with the natural endowment of Participant Political Culture. Nigerians know their sincere leaders and are always ready to deliver their verdict in every circle of election. The contributions of Atiku and Wike to democracy, development and unity of Nigeria are well known to Nigerians and ready to reward their patriotic efforts.”

The group further said that “this statement is a clarion call on the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike not to disappoint the confidence Nigerians have reposed in them.

“The time for the reconciliation is now and it is not to serve the personal interest of Atiku Abubakar, or that of Nyesom Wike, but to serve the collective interest of Nigerians anxiously desirous of the victory of Atiku Abubakar in order to end the sufferings and the dangers imposed on Nigerians by the APC government in Nigeria.”

The group, therefore, advised the National Chairman of PDP, Sen. Iyorcha Ayu should convene a meeting of NWC and constitute into the committee of the whole to meet with Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike for reconciliation before the commencement of campaigns in September.

The group added that Chairman and members of the NWC should equally use the platform for the reconciliation of Atiku and Wike to reconcile other party members that are aggrieved .

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