Tinubu: Atiku’s return is good for democracy

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Feb 4th, 2014
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•Excitement as Akande, Nyako, Marwa, others unite for APC in Adamawa

Yola, the Adamawa State capital, was agog with political excitement yesterday when the state’s top political leaders and national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) launched the party.

In attendance were former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Governor Murtala Nyako; former Lagos State Governor Buba Marwa; former presidential candidate Nuhu Ribadu and Senator Mohammed Bindow Jibrila – all Adamawa indigenes.

They were joined by the leaders of the party, led by its Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The party chieftains were supported by other APC leaders from parts of the country, including Senator Ali Modi Sheriff, Senator Danjuma Goje, ex-Bayelsa State Goverbor Timpreye Sylva, Senator Sani Yeriman Bakura, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and Dr Audu Ogbe.

The host was the Interim State Chairman Kobis Aris Thimnu. He received the party’s flag from Chief Akande.

The APC reaffirmed its objective of winning the federal elections next year.

Akande, who formally received Atiku, following the former vice president’s defection on Sunday, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been rested.

He urged Adamawa interim state executive to ensure that the registration of members was not by allocation or proxy but by physical registration.

Tinubu urged Nigerians to celebrate the ousting of the PDP .

The foremer Lagos State governor advised Nigerians to sweep away the dirt and social vices of the PDP with APC’s broom.

The APC leader described the return of Atiku to the progressives fold as a giant stride that would enhance democracy.

He hailed Nyako’s efforts at resolving the internal crisis in the party in the state.

Nyako said the PDP had died and Nigerians should await its final interment.

He said: “The PDP has gone for good for the reign of impunity. The party is dead. Nigerians should rally round to bury it.”

Sylva apologised to Nigerians, on behalf of the people of Niger Delta region, for mobilising them to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011.

He regretted that the President had failed to deliver democracy’s dividends to Nigerians.

Sylva said: “In 2011, I was in Yola to mobilise the Adamawa people to vote for our son, Dr Goodluck Jonathan. You kept to faith by voting for him as president of Nigeria. In 2014, I am here to apologise to Adamawa people for the failure of our son, Goodluck Jonathan.”

The former governor said he was in the state to team up with the North so that they could salvage Nigeria from the pangs of deprivation.

“The country is not performing. The ship is sinking due to poor leadership,” he said.

Ribadu spoke on unity of the party at all levels, saying unity and mutual respect were the sure roads to success.

The former EFCC chairman said the APC had grown into a formidable force that could uproot the PDP.

Marwa said the power squabble within the party had been resolved to make the state better.

Jibrila, who spoke on behalf of defected senators, assured that after the elections, the APC would form the government at the centre.

Nyako thanked Atiku for joining hands to fight the bad leadership of the PDP.

 

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