Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has assured that the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be strengthened to take over power in 2023 from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abubakar spoke at the Government House, Benin City, Edo State, when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP on Tuesday.
The former Vice President, according to a Government House’s statement, noted his meeting with Obaseki centered on governance, current issues in the country and how to strengthen the PDP.
Obaseki hailed Atiku for his contributions to the advancement of democracy in Nigeria.
I cannot thank you enough for the leadership that you continue to provide; the counsel you gave me during my electioneering, the private conversations, and the assistance you rendered to me when we joined the party.
We had challenges, but you stepped up and threw your weight behind the resolution of the issues.
Atiku’s statement is coming after the former Vice President indicated that he would vie for the Nigerian presidency in 2023.
In a leaked memo to the PDP last Friday, Atiku declared his intention to vie for the nation’s highest political office in two years’ time.
In the memo dated June 29, 2021, the former Vice President expressed gratitude to members of PDP for their role in the 2019 elections and urged the party to gear up for the 2023 elections.
He noted the party was now better equipped than it was during the last presidential elections and urged the party members to team up towards a new political and economic order that would radically reinvent the country.
The memo read:
It is with utmost respect that I convey to you, my deep appreciation and profound gratitude for the overwhelming support and massive electoral votes cast to support our party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and my candidature for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the 2019 general elections.
Now, we are better equipped, and all our compatriots must team up today towards a new political and economic order that should radically reinvent our beloved country.
We are fully prepared to work in synergy to restore hope, pull Nigeria back from the brinks and relive the patriotic spirit of our founding fathers! I believe that together we would rebuild our broken fences, mend our cracked walls, restore hope, and return Nigeria to the path of greatness again. Surely, we can, and we must.