PDP group woos Atiku, other de­cam­pees

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Na­tional PDP Pro­fes­sion­als and Busi­ness Group (NPPBG) has called on the lead­er­ship of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) to put in mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties to lure former mem­bers back, in­clud­ing former Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar.

Odaudu Ugbede Abra­hams, a se­nior mem­ber of the group, who spoke to news­men af­ter its na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing held in Abuja at the week­end, said most of the mem­bers who left had sin­cere griev­ances against the party.

Abra­hams said he had re­solved to pur­sue the im­me­di­ate re­turn of all “found­ing fa­thers” of the PDP and to also pur­sue gen­uine rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in­de­pen­dent of the party’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion com­mit­tee.

He said the group would go round the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion to meet with the found­ing fa­thers and plead with them to re­turn home in spite of their griev­ances.

He said the group was ap­peal­ing par­tic­u­larly to former Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar to re­turn home as the as­pi­ra­tions of Nige­ri­ans to do away with the group of ‘Ag­grieved Politi­cians Congress (APC)’ would be en­hanced by his re­turn to the PDP.

He said, “We are also call­ing on other found­ing fa­thers and lead­ers like Chief Barn­abas Ge­made, Al­haji Dan­juma Goje, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara, the peo­ples Gen­eral, Col. Suleiman Ba­banawa (rtd), Air Mar­shal Ata­wodi, Dr. Philip Salawu, Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Akume, Sen­a­tor Ken Nna­mani, Charles Soludo, Alh Jib­rin Echo­cho, Alh Ibrahim Linco Ocheje, Amb. Isaac Onuh, Chief Shola Akamode, DCP Aure­lius Adejo (rtd) to men­tion but a few to please as a mat­ter of ur­gency re­turn home as they sin­cerely have no stake and are be­ing un­der­uti­lized where they cur­rently are.

“These lead­ers came to­gether on the 28th day of July 1998 in Abuja with the idea of bring­ing to­gether pa­tri­otic and like­minded Nige­ri­ans into a sin­gle but for­mi­da­ble po­lit­i­cal party ca­pa­ble of or­gan­is­ing Nige­ria into a na­tion re­spon­sive to the as­pi­ra­tions of its peo­ple by demo­crat­i­cally purs­ing her ob­jec­tives with­out re­gard to re­gion, per­sonal as­pi­ra­tions or eth­nic af­fil­i­a­tion,” he said.

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