By Simeon Nwakaudu
On Sunday, 7th October, 2018, the foundation of a new Nigeria was firmly erected at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt. The decision to end this ill-fated APC Federal Government was taken via a transparent, credible and peaceful PDP Presidential Primary.
Port Harcourt, the City of Aquatic Treasure provided the platform for the rebirth of Nigeria, after over three years of governance failure at the federal level.
It was in Port Harcourt that 3221 delegates of the PDP from the 36 States of the Federation and Abuja agreed to work diligently to restore hope to Nigerians beyond 2019.
This entire process started at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Port Harcourt where the Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar laid bare his agenda for the country and his commitment to growth.
On 27 March, 2018, all PDP leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state met with the Presidential Candidate and communicated their programmes to Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. This was in the presence of members of his team.
GOVERNOR WIKE’S CHARGE AT THAT EVENT
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike declared that all Nigerians must take up the solemn responsibility of sacking the non-performing APC Federal Government in 2019.
Governor Wike urged all PDP members irrespective of their status to ensure that the march to the Presidential Villa is not truncated by disunity.
He urged all PDP Presidential Aspirants to contest within acceptable limits as the race is not a do-or-die affair, but a movement to oust a failed APC Federal Government.
“Every Presidential Aspirant must see himself as a member of the larger PDP family. We must do everything to ensure that PDP returns to the Presidential Villa in 2019.
“Only one aspirant will become a candidate. We will do everything to ensure that the party comes out with a candidate that has a track record to upstage the APC”.
“God will make sure that the right candidate emerges. When the right candidate emerges, we will team up and remove this bad government.
“There is no benefit that Rivers State has gotten from this APC Federal Government. All the APC Federal Government is doing is plotting to rig the 2019 elections “, Governor Wike said.
He said that the Former Vice President has the right qualification to fly the PDP flag, noting that he should extend his consultations.
Speaking , Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said that he is offering himself to set the country on the path of growth after the serial failure of the APC.
He said that since 2015, the APC Federal Government has destroyed the education, health and infrastructural sectors through poor budgetary allocations and releases.
He said: “Since 2015, we have not seen a 100 kilometres constructed by the APC Federal Government anywhere in the country. “
The Former Vice President said that the APC Federal Government has destroyed the foundation of unity and cohesion of the country.
He said: “I have never seen Nigeria so divided along religious, ethnic and regional lines. This division is as a result of the mismanagement of the APC”.
The Presidential Hopeful called for the unity of the country , saying that no component part of the country to progress alone.
He called on Rivers PDP Stakeholders to support his ambition to emerge as the party’s Presidential Candidate.
Also speaking, Former Enugu State Governor, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo said that Atiku Abubakar is a detribalised Nigerian, with the capacity the rescue the country.
Former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel is a true Nigerian , with business and political links across the country. He said Nigeria needs Atiku Abubakar to revive the country.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was accompanied to Rivers State by Former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Former Enugu State Governor, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, Former Attorney General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa and Senator Abdul Ningi .
The Former Vice President met with State and Federal Lawmakers, Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Local Government Areas and Party Leaders.
SUCCESSFUL 2018 PDP NATIONAL CONVENTION
All across the country, the 2018 PDP National Convention has been recognised as a peaceful, free, fair and credible nomination process. This is thanks to the Rivers State Governor who provided the right environment for positive electioneering and campaigns of all the 12 Presidential Aspirants.
The serenity of Port Harcourt reinforced the conclusion by the NIPC, that Port Harcourt is the best investment destination of the country. It confirmed that Port Harcourt is home to all. A centre of politics, economy, tourism and entertainment.
The outcome has been hailed by all stakeholders and Nigerians are ready to work towards the successful sacking of the failed Buhari administration.
PLATFORM FOR THE RESCUE OF NIGERIA
On Sunday evening after the PDP Presidential Primary, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar met at the Government House, Port Harcourt where further steps were taken to chart the course for a New Nigeria.
Governor Wike declared that all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation must rise up to sack the most inefficient Federal Government since the country gained independence.
He said that all PDP leaders and well-meaning Nigerians have a duty to form a united front to sack the failed APC Federal Government.
He said though different party leaders supported different aspirants, with the emergence of Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the party’s Presidential Candidate, all hands must be on deck for the good of the country.
The governor said: “We have no party that will salvage the country other than the PDP. A candidate has emerged and we owe it a duty to see that the party takes over from the most inefficient and ineffective party in control of the FG.
“We are one family. You may support aspirant A or B, but once a candidate emerges , you owe it a duty to make sure your party returns to power.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that we don’t give APC any gap. They have failed Nigerians and we will take over in 2019”.
PDP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OUTLINES NEED FOR A NEW DIRECTION
PDP Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said that the entire country must work towards ending the failed APC Federal Government in 2019.
He said: “The entire country needs a new government. Definitely, we don’t need APC to return to power in 2019”.
He said the country has gone through challenges ranging from recession, unemployment, insecurity and lack of unity. He said the country needs to chart a new direction in the interest of the people.
Atiku said that it is time for the people of Rivers State to consolidate their support for the PDP in the state.
He said: “I came to personally congratulate the Governor, people and Government of Rivers State and also thank him for hosting a most successful convention “.
BEYOND THIS FAILED ADMINISTRATION
The failure of the APC Federal Government led by outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari is so entrenched that it is ashamed of campaigning for itself. The failure is so ugly that the APC Federal Government campaigns through paid paid proxies.
Having no premise to campaign , the Buhari Campaign Organisation believes that it can make a headway by the sponsorship of propaganda.
The outgoing APC Federal Government has grounded Nigeria. No aspect of the nation is working. There are no projects anywhere in the country. Viable projects inherited from the Jonathan administration have been mismanaged. Education, health, security, economy, social welfare, fight against corruption and other key sectors of national life have been destroyed by the outgoing APC Federal Government.
The worst is that because of the entrenched failures, the APC Federal Government has embraced shameful rigging schemes to deny Nigerians their democratic rights.
It is for this reason that Governor Wike rallied patriotic Nigerians to keep the PDP alive when the APC Federal Government sought to destroy it. That is the reason why Governor Wike continues to take the bullet for the PDP when he can play siddon-look like others who want to be on the fence.
Governor Wike is a pan-Nigerian leader who is committed to the development of the country. The outgoing APC Federal Government is allergic to development. It hates development. Therefore, all people of goodwill, working through the PDP are building the framework to oust this anti-people APC Federal Government.