APC crisis: Atiku begs party members to accept outcome of N/Assembly’s elections

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Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar has urged all the stakeholders in party to accept the outcome of the elections that brought Senator Bukola Saraki and Rep. Yakubu Dogara as Senate president and Speaker, House of Representatives respectively and move on as one family.

The former Vice President also stated that the current face-off between mostly the leaders of APC was not in the interest of the party or President Mohammadu Buhari, saying it would rather slow down the pace of developments in the polity.

Atiku in a statement by his media office, signed by Mazi Paul Ibe said that it was dangerous for any individual or group in the ranks of the ruling party to constitute themselves into an opposition even before the constitution and take off President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

He noted that there are no fixed outcomes in politics, saying that the game was always dynamic as it were.

“While acknowledging that it is legitimate and desirable for individuals or groups to seek to pursue their interest, it must be done with the benefit of sustaining our democracy and promoting equity, fair play and justice in mind.

“Anything to the contrary may jeopardise our hard-earned democracy and constitute a clog in the wheel of the new administration

“In politics, it is a mistake to expect fixed outcomes. As the President has done, let’s all come to terms with what has happened in the interest of the system and move on. Suffice it to say that the new administration should be allowed a smooth take off and be allowed the atmosphere to deliver. On this, I stand with President Buhari,” Atiku said.

The former Vice President denied hijacking the party, cautioning that he should not be dragged against president Buhari.

Recalling his role in the emergence of Dr. Adesina as the President of the African Development Bank on behalf of President Buhari, Atiku said he held the president in high esteem and would assist him to succeed.

“Not only did Atiku Abubakar congratulate Buhari after his emergence as the presidential candidate of the APC at the party’s national convention in Lagos, he also handed over his best assets to the Buhari Presidential Campaign.

“The former Vice President enthusiastically handled the diplomatic assignment of seeking endorsement for Dr. Adesina as the President of the African Development Bank on behalf of President Buhari and would be available for any other assignments as the President pleases.

“Make no mistake about it, Atiku Abubakar holds Buhari in the highest esteem, and would always remain loyal to him, and support him in every endeavour to succeed as president”, he said.

The APC chieftain also called on Nigerians with members of the President’s own party taking a lead in their undiluted support of his administration.

“We, the members of the President’s own family need to lead in this direction for others to follow for the good of our nation and its peoples.”

Atiku Abubakar denounced the increasing determination of some people to draw a wedge between President Buhari and himself.

“It has become crystal clear even to the blind that the motives of these hatchet men who are desperate to take every available newspaper space is to insult, vilify and calumniate the former Vice President.

“We cannot allow liars, denigrators and blackmailers and their sponsors to use Atiku as platform to ingratiate themselves with President Buhari and hijack his presidency under the pretext of loving him more than anyone else. These political ventriloquists are hiding behind the cover of anonymity to achieve their sinister agenda of making Atiku the fall guy in the unfolding political developments”, he stressed.
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/apc-crisis-atiku-begs-party-members-to-accept-outcome-of-nassemblys-elections/




 

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