Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated former vice president, Abubakar Atiku, on his emergence as the presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The speaker congratulated him in a tweet on Sunday, adding that he was hopeful that the PDP would emerge as the ruling party in 2019 and bring the desired transformation to the nation.
Congratulations to H.E. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar [@atiku] on his emergence as the @OfficialPDPNig presidential candidate. I am hopeful that come February 2019, PDP will lead Nigeria to the transformation that we so dearly desire as citizens of this great country. https://t.co/0rQUwtJzWt
— Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara (@YakubDogara) October 7, 2018
Also in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara said the task before Atiku is now to unite with other aspirants to work towards the success of the party in the 2019 elections.
He said he was confident that with proper strategies and consensus, the party will win the 2019 elections and break the chain of bad leadership in the country.
The speaker said, “One would not be entirely wrong if we say that the problem of Nigeria, or the bane of development of this country is bad leadership. Not even the challenge of infrastructure, not the bloodletting we are witnessing in different parts of Nigeria from Zamfara, down to the middle-belt states of Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Adamawa and the rest and sundry acts of kidnapping across this country.
“Of course, we have the problem of infrastructure. Those of us delegates who traveled by road from our various states down to Port Harcourt for this exercise will bear an ample testimony to the fact that we are living in a country with decayed infrastructure.
“Obviously, the biggest challenge of them all is leadership. If we have the right leadership, education will not be a problem, infrastructure will not be a problem, getting or inspiring our citizens to live in peace will not be a problem.”
“With the right leadership, Nigeria will be the pride of not only the black man but of the entire world and that is the responsibility that has fallen on the shoulders of the PDP delegates that we have here today. This is the responsibility that has been outsourced to us by our different citizens from across the states.”
“Come February 2019, PDP will lead Nigeria to the transformation that we so dearly desire as citizens of this dear country.”
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He commended other aspirants for accepting the outcome of the exercise, stating that their dedicated involvement is the foundation that will lead the party to victory in the presidential elections.