Nigeria’s Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has asked Nigerians not to expect a miracle from the incoming government of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Channels TV correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, the former Vice President stressed that the challenges facing the country are enormous, stating that such would require a step-by-step approach to solving them.
He also noted that devolution of powers should be an urgent matter the Buhari administration should pursue, expressing his fears that too much powers lie within the office of the President of Nigeria.
Alhaji Abubakar decried the weakness of the Nigeria institution, advising that Nigerians should be patient with the incoming government in order to achieve its campaign promises.
Former Vice President of Nigeria and a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has urged those who voted in the Osun governorship election to stand firm and ‘jealously’ guard their votes.
Atiku, in a press release personally signed by him, noted that with the early results coming out of the election, the people must make sure their vote count to achieve a total victory in the election.
“Citizens of Osun should not lose the moment to happy mood, but must remain vigilant until victory is total in the election,” the former Vice President said
Atiku advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “to ensure that the will of the people is not subverted” in order to restore confidence to the electoral and democratic process.
“I see results coming in from Osun Polling Units in line with INEC directives,” he said, expressing optimism that the election will be free and fair.
The former Vice President insisted that “no matter who wins in Osun State, the will of the people is sacrosanct and must be respected”.
In the mean time voting has ended in the Saturday’s governorship election and collation of results from different polling centres has commenced.
The election process has been described as peaceful by observers.
What appears to be a major split has occurred in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as seven of the PDP governors have formed a faction of the party.
Five of the governors – Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara, Muazu Aliyu of Niger, Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto States – had earlier walked out of the Eagle Square, venue of the party’s convention in Abuja.
Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers States, who were barred from attending the convention, also joined the other governors to form the factional PDP.
Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, Senator Bukola Saraki and former national secretary of the PDP are also said to be members of the newly formed parallel PDP.
Prince Oyinlola was announced as the national secretary of the new PDP faction.
The group who told a news conference, that it has taken over the party’s structure, also announced former acting national chairman of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje as the new national chairman.
The party leaders said they took the decision to salvage the PDP from those who have hijacked it.
Five of the governors had recently visited some key leaders of the party to express their displeasure over the manner the party was being run.
Segun Aderemi of the National Coalition for Good Governance says the PDP is already used to the emergence of new parties in Nigeria’s political arena and these new parties is posing no threat to anyone.
Speaking on the 2015 elections and emergence of new parties, specifically on the APC, on sunrise Daily, Aderemi stated that most of the politicians that formed these parties are offspring of the ruling party the PDP.
‘The issue of new parties coming is a thing we are used to’ as he hinted that the ruling PDP which is now 14 years.
‘PDP is a party that cuts across not just only in Nigeria’.
Commending the move by the INEC in registering new parties ahead of the 2015 elections, Aderemi said it will only boost Nigeria’s democracy, and the ruling is not worried by it.
A former Minister of Agriculture in Imo State and staunch PDP Member, Longiers Anyanwu has declared that the ruling party PDP is not in any way worried about the new political parties ahead of the 2015 elections, because the PDP is only concerned about the wellbeing of Nigerians and good governance of the nation.
Mr Longiers, who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, the breakfast programme on Channels Television however stated that a repeat of happenings in 2003,2006 and 2007 is about unfolding in 2013 where some people form emergency parties with shabby agendas, with the aim of ‘uproot’ the ruling party PDP from power, but that move never worked for the perpetrators.
Reacting to the recent change in the political arena of the country, that is, the registration of two new parties ID and PDM, and also in particular, the merger party, APC, which has vowed to reshape the politics in Nigeria, the former minister said PDP has no scores to settle with any party, therefore the registered parties are welcome unto the political fold if, they are in it for the benefit of Nigeria.
“We are not threatened by any form of entry, I want to assure you that PDP has been on ground for 14 years, sustaining its core values, promoting peace, ensuring that the territorial integrity of this country is protected, which are the cardinal values of our party
“It is strange today that we are experiencing the entrance of political parties that declare itself before the crafting of their manifestos, it is amazing that a party can emerge without clear cut dimension, without clear-cut ideological base, only to come out and attack the president and the chairman of our party without any agenda recklessly to cause aspersion on the existing political party”
Mr Longiers however stated that despite the PDP welcoming these parties with ‘constructive criticism’ the ruling party will no longer tolerate the unnecessary distractions, overheating of the polity as it is not fair on the party.