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Friday, 13 October 2017

I am happy PDP is now waking up to play opposition'- Ex-Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has not properly played credible opposition role in the current politics and governance in the country.

The retired army general stated this while receiving Raymond Dokpesi in his residence in Minna on Thursday, October 12.

Abubakar challenged PDP to play opposition properly, saying though no political party could remain in power forever, the main purpose of any party, whether in governance or in opposition, was to serve the people.

He said: "I must say it is very sad that you have not played your role properly in opposition.

"May be you are suffering from the shock of defeat, but I thought that at least six months down the line will have been enough to come out of the shock, to really face the governance.

"It would have been enough to perform your role in giving a credible opposition which I am afraid you have not done.

"You being one of the major parties in Nigeria and found yourself in opposition; since you did not perform that function, the smaller parties also found themselves in this way.

"I am happy now you are waking up and I hope this is the end of acrimony within your party.

"You will now come and build formidable party that will play the role of opposition."

He expressed hope that the PDP had learned from experience during the leadership crisis.

"You need now to check why you slid from ruling to opposition party to see what you have done wrong and correct with a view to learning from some of these things," he explained.

According to NAN, Dokpesi said that though he had not formally declared his ambition, he was in Minna to seek Abubakar's blessings and support to his aspiration of becoming the national chairman of PDP.

He said: "I and my group believe in the unity, stability and indivisibility of Nigeria.

"We believe in united Nigeria and in harnessing the efforts and the dreams of our heroes like you.

"We want to use the PDP which you graciously approved, to mobilise Nigerians towards unity.

"We want the prosperity which you dreamt up to be transformed to reality still in your life time so that you can say this is my effort and contribution to the wellbeing of Nigeria.

"I have come with committed Nigerians to seek your blessings and endorsement in moving forward, to be PDP chairman.''


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