Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has congratulated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on his election as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2023 general elections.
Atiku received the most votes in Saturday’s primary election held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
Tinubu praised Atiku for his patriotism and dedication to Nigeria’s development.
In the true spirit of democratic sportsmanship, Tinubu also complimented the other contenders for the calm and orderly manner in which they conducted themselves and for their pledge to unite around the winner.
He expected the former Vice-President, who was also the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, to be his worthy opponent in the upcoming 2023 presidential election, by the grace of God and with the backing of APC delegates.
The APC National Leader stated that Atiku’s victory did not surprise Nigerians due to his extensive experience as a statesman and veteran of numerous presidential races since 1993.
Tinubu stated that the upcoming election should focus on subjects that will improve the standard of living of Nigerians, promote peace, progress, and political stability, and resolve the country’s many sociopolitical concerns and insecurity.
“I applaud Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s election as the Peoples Democratic Party’s nominee in the recently ended primary. I look forward to facing him in the upcoming election as a worthy opponent. I have known the former Vice President to be a tough politician and a patriot who believes in the unity and advancement of our great nation.
“As the election season progresses, I charge the PDP presidential candidate and all political actors across Party lines to ensure that this election season is free of animosity, rancour, and strife.
“Our campaigns should be peaceful and issue-based. Election season should be a festival of ideas that will elevate our nation and raise the standard of living for all its citizens.
“Unfortunately for the PDP, its candidate will be tasked with explaining why Nigerians should give the party another chance after wasting 16 years in the federal government without much to show for it.
“Nigerians have yet to forget the national disaster and mismanagement of our country by successive PDP administrations for the past 16 years, and this negative memory will haunt the PDP candidate’s campaign,”
However, I congratulate our former Vice President on his victory in his party’s primary once more.