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Atiku receives Bauchi defectors, boasts PDP remains strongest political platform

By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
06 October 2022   |   4:03 am
The crisis confronting it notwithstanding, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asserted that the main opposition political group remains the strongest platform in Nigeria.

The crisis confronting it notwithstanding, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asserted that the main opposition political group remains the strongest platform in Nigeria.

He spoke, yesterday, while receiving defectors from other parties in Bauchi State.

PDP has been witnessing internal crisis, involving Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike, National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu and Abubakar.

However, all governors and PDP chieftains loyal to Wike were conspicuously absent at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium – the venue of the event.

Abubakar said: “There is no better (political) party in this country other than PDP. We are the oldest, strongest and largest. That is why I want to congratulate Governor Bala Mohammed for the wonderful achievement and I believe that when we kick-start the real presidential campaign, we will witness a larger turnout than this.

“I congratulate and welcome our worthy decampees, especially the former deputy governor (Audu Sule Katagum) and those who held various positions in the last APC administration. I congratulate the governor, the party and the people of Bauchi.”

In his remarks, Governor Mohammed assured the presidential candidate of victory in next year’s polls, stating that the decampees were convinced by his leadership style and love for the former vice president.

He said: “We are together as a team, we will mobilise PDP. We will make sure that we tour all nooks and crannies of the state. We assure you that you are not going to be humiliated. This time, all the people of Bauchi and the North East will vote for you.

“We will make sure that the votes count. This is our time. The time for justice and equity to reverse the ugly things. They know you, you’re a mentor to so many people.”

The governor advised Abubakar to disregard speculations of a divided PDP in Bauchi, saying it is the handiwork of mischievous people.

The state party chairman, Hamza Akuyam, had said: “Today, we are going to officially receive decampees in the region of 25,000. Among them is a former deputy governor. We also have a Speaker of the House of Assembly, who defected to the PDP and others.”