…Avoid Mistakes of PDP, Atiku Warns
Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar yesterday advised governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to avoid greed and winner takes all approach which according to him brought down the sixteen years reign of Peoples Democratic party’s (PDP) led federal government. Speaking at the valedictory session for the outgoing governors of APC in Abuja, Atiku enjoined all the incoming governors to be governors of example by threading the parts which according to him brought their predecessors to fame. “We must be humble in all our dealings with Nigerians not like PDP, we must have candour, lead them by example and plead for their patience when necessary.
If we are transparent and honest with them, they will give us their support. “As we ponder what the agenda of the incoming government will be within the context of the party’s manifesto we need not go too far from where to begin, we only need to look at what the governors of examples have done and seek to improve on them and avoid some of the challenges they face. “We must avoid becoming the PDP of our recent history, we must avoid the very things that brought the PDP to its knees, such as winner takes all, greed, arrogance, impunity, corruption, treachery and so on. We must try to be a better party, a better managers of our beloved country Nigeria.
The former vice president commended the outgoing governors of APC adding that they displayed out rightly with their achievements,” the potentials governors elected under the platform of APC are capable of. “I’m extremely pleased to congratulate my friends, Governor Rotimi Ameachi, Babatunde Fashola, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto for successfully completing their tenure as Governors of Rivers, Lagos, Kano and Sokoto states. Governor Fashola and his predecessor, Governor Tinubu helped to legitimate the Progressives Governors in the South West and by extension Nigeria in the period since we return to civil rule in 1999. “Nobody would again wondered what an APC government could do in office.
In the South South, Governor Ameachi and later Oshiomhole showed what an APC government will look like so also is the sitting governor in the south east in the person of Governor of Imo State and Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Anayo Rochas Okorocha. “Up North, Governors Kwankwaso and Wamako have been shining examples of what Progressives Governors could as well as what Ameachi did there (in Rivers) under the platform of PDP before the environment in that party (PDP) made it difficult for them to continue to bring positive change to their people and Nigeria.