The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has stated that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has the capacity to solve the problems causing setbacks to Nigeria’s progress even as it hailed his decision to consult with the party before taking a decision to move to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PDM revealed that it held an interactive meeting last Monday and it received Atiku into the meeting as part of his nationwide consultation on political developments in the country which ended weekend.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Rufai Ahmed on Sunday, PDM said “The former Vice President addressed the meeting and sought opinion regarding his political future from the floor”.
The statement said leaders of the PDM freely expressed their views and offered the former vice president constructive advice. They also wished him God’s guidance as he continued to consult and prayed that whatever step he would take would be in the country’s best interest.
“Party leaders observed that never in the history of Nigeria has the country witnessed so much confusion and uncertainty. Given this, therefore, the country requires a leader who is experienced and de-tribalised and capable of pulling the country through the woods.
“The former vice president was identified as having the capacity to help the country overcome these challenges”, it said.
The PDM also said all was set for its manual membership registration as all materials required for the exercise are waiting to be deployed. It also noted that posting of membership registration officers was complete, but that new banking regulations and the logistics of moving funds have become an impediment to the take-off of the exercise.
“It was therefore resolved that sensitisation of members at the grassroots on membership registration should continue at an even more aggressive pace pending the resolution of this particular challenge”, it said.
The PDM added that in view of the delay in the take-off of the membership registration and the difficulty being encountered in obtaining cooperation from security agencies, the dates of 1 February earlier slated for the take-off of Party Congresses and 22 February for the National Convention were no longer feasible.
The party said the meeting resolved that new dates for the two exercises were to be worked out and made known as soon as practicable.
The statement added that the party leaders expressed satisfaction with the progress made since PDM was registered as a political party on August 15, 2013.
“They appreciated the efforts of the National Leadership of the Party and commended the National Chairman for giving the Party inspirational and exemplary leadership and urged him to continue to pilot the affairs of the Party to success”, it said.