Towards the 2023 presidential election, Atiku/Soludo Support Group was launched in Abuja.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), are the candidates the group supports.
APGA Movement for a United Nigeria leader, Andy Ekwe, said the Atiku/Soludo ticket had become imperative if Nigeria is to emerge from its “current rudderlessness, political doldrums, state of manifest insecurity, and uncertainty.”
As he said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of the Atiku/Soludo unity campaign team.
It is our struggle to see that APGA grants Soludo a ticket so that he can become the vice presidential candidate of Atiku Abubakar come 2023, a historic alliance that will surpass the 1999 AD/APP alliance that forced the APC out of office.
The country cannot fathom a civil war in the 21st century and it will not benefit anyone or any group. “We must make conscious efforts from both sides of the divide to unite our country.
“This great alliance will give all a sense of belonging, equality, respect, and hope.”
In response, Atiku’s Special Adviser on Media, Paul Ibe, described the action as the work of mischief makers.
“This is clearly a work of mischief.
In the interest of clarity, Atiku Abubakar is a member of the PDP, whereas Charles Soludo is a member of the APGA.
“It is foolish to drag the former vice president into an election in Anambra whose result will be determined by the people of the state.”
“Atiku Abubakar is preoccupied with joining hands with other well-meaning Nigerians to find solutions to the myriad of challenges plaguing our nation. These challenges include insecurity, joblessness, and extreme poverty.
We reiterate that the so-called 2023 campaign posters linking Atiku to Soludo are the work of mischief makers and should be disregarded,” he said.