The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, says his party should work towards addressing the numerous challenges facing the country.
He stated this in his acceptance speech at PDP’s National Convention on Sunday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
“We have enumerated a number of challenges facing this country,” he said. “What we should now do in the next phase of our electioneering campaign is to proffer solutions to these challenges we have identified conflicting our country and its people.”
According to Atiku, Nigerians are yearning for a change of leadership in 2019, as they were not happy with the current administration.
He promised that the party under his leadership would not fail the citizens whom he said “had years of prosperity of unity, of security and of development” when the PDP was at the helm of affairs at the federal level.
“We cannot afford to fail Nigerians at this very historic moment, because Nigerians are yearning for the return of PDP to power because they have now compared the administration of PDP and that of APC. They know that under PDP, they had years of prosperity of unity, of security and of development.
“This is what will make us completely different as a party from the clueless government of the APC. By the time we start electioneering campaign, I believe Nigerians will yearn for our return till we do so,” he added.
While thanking other members of the party for their commitment to democratic principles, he warned that PDP should not be intoxicated by power come next year.
Mr. Abubakar also paid tribute to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and other PDP leaders.
The former vice president commended his fellow contestants “for displaying a sense of unity, a sense of purpose and a sense of commitment.”
In paying tribute to Mr. Wike and the government and people of Rivers State, Mr. Abubakar said, “We look forward to working with you (Rivers state governor and people) so that our party can be returned to power in the next election.”
He said he and the PDP leaders “cannot afford to fail Nigerians at this very moment.”