2 February 2014

Nigeria: Atiku Can Solve Nigeria's Problems, PDM Says

The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has stated that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is well placed to solve the lingering crises that is affecting Nigeria's progress even as it thanked him for consulting with the party before taking a decision to move to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The PDM said it held an interactive meeting last Monday and it received Mr. Abubakar into the meeting as part of his nationwide consultation on political developments in the country.

"The former Vice President addressed the meeting and sought opinion regarding his political future from the floor," the party said in a statement by its spokesperson, Rufai Ahmed, on Sunday.

The statement said the 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 decision he would take would be in the best interest of the country.

"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 preparations for its manual membership registration was complete with all materials required for the exercise ready 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 obstacle 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.

Congresses postponed

The PDM said, 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 scheduled 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 announced as soon as practicable.

The statement added that the Party leaders expressed satisfaction with the progress made since registration of the PDM 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.

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