By Uche Amunike
A support group under the aegis of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, known as PDP Action 2023, has asked former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar not to contest for presidential election, come 2023.
Chairman of the group, Mr Rufus Omeire give this counsel in a statement issued Wednesday, in Abuja.
The group went on to advise Abubakar to work towards becoming the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, (BoT) and not the Party presidential candidate for 2023.
The statement noted that Abubakar who lost the 2019 presidential election to President Buhari will be 77 years old in 2023 which naturally means that age will no longer be on his side to run.
They also accused him of abandoning the party and even Nigerians after the general election of 2019, describing it as shameful that he moved to Dubai since he lost the presidential election, without thinking of all the stakeholders, millions of Nigerians, party members and all the people that voted for him.
They went to say that they considered his action as a breach of trust because he simply neglected the sacrifices made by ordinary voters who supported him and PDP in 2019.
They accused him of being good at playing politics while reminding him that they were not happy about the fact that he suddenly returned to apparently politick again.
They frowned against the fact that he seems detached from the PDP whenever there were problems in the party only to return and become active when it was time for presidential nominations.
The group reiterated that ever since Abubakar returned from Morocco, he turned his back on PDP crisis. He however made it a point of duty to visit governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state.
The group also mentioned that he also attended the funeral of the father of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa after which he left for Edo to visit Obaseki.
The group lamented in their statements that during the crisis faced by the PDP two weeks ago, they all expected that Abubakar would stay put to assist in quenching the fire, if for no reason, for the basic fact that he was the last flag bearer of the party and was obligated to work with party faithful to seek solutions to the crisis.
Instead of helping to solve the problems, he chose to travel to Morocco to see his new wife.
Omeire expressed his shock that Atiku Abubakar in a letter he addressed to the PDP National Working Committee claimed that he had been in residence in Dubai to get better educated and improve on his education in order to be properly schooled on how to rule Nigeria.
The group therefore suggested in their statement that Abubakar should step down and allow younger people to go for the presidency instead of continuing to parade himself as a possible choice.
They maintained that they would prefer if Abubakar took the position of the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, where he is best suited to work in an advisory capacity, being an elder statesman.
As for PDP Action 2023, it is a group that seeks to help the PDP to play its appropriate roles as the main opposition platform in Nigeria which is focused on assisting to deliver good governance for Nigeria.
He expressed hope that the party’s governors would address the PDP leadership crisis, which he explained is a normal struggle in party politics.
He hoped the PDP governors will solve the crisis so that the party will come out stronger.