Smarting from being forced out of the PDP, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is claiming that those who have taken control of the ruling party are military apologists.
He claimed that the PDP is facing a crisis of confidence, which it must address.
The former Vice President who served out his term as a PDP member before losing the 2007 Presidential election to the late Umaru Yar’Adua was responding to a PDP statement that his political free movement was such that he has lost relevance, hence deserves no response.
Atiku said it was wrong for PDP to call him an ingrate.
He said as a former Vice President and someone who had worked hard in the formation of the PDP, he deserved respect and decent language from the party leaders.
He said when leaders speak, they should not do so with selective memory.
He said, “The personal insults in the PDP statement succeeded in doing just one thing, which is to depict its managers as childish, petulant, and above all else incompetent. It confirms the notion on the part of many that they don’t have what it takes to live up to their ‘sacred’ mandate.
“They have lost their way, and their refusal to recognise the error of their ways has prompted the shepherds to – reluctantly – move on, for the nation’s sake to build a better future for the country’s teeming population.”
He recalled that the new guard in the PDP kept a low profile when he (Abubakar) along with other champions of democracy such as the late Gen. Shehu Yar’Adua, the late MKO Abiola, the late Kudirat Abiola, the late Sunday Afolabi and other members of NADECO, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, fought in the frontline to remove the military from power.
He said, “Since almost all of us – the founding members of the PDP – have been hounded out of the party because we allegedly have one aspiration or the other.
“People who supported of military rule or did not even know what was going on are now the masters of PDP, and present themselves as the custodians of the nation’s future.
“But I challenge anyone of them to show their contribution except looting the Nigerian treasury.
“If I and other patriots working in tandem with the National Assembly did not work together to retain term limits in the Constitution none of those holding power today would not have been there from local, state or federal governments.
“Those who wrap themselves in the PDP banner should at least recognise and respect those of us who made today’s debates possible.”