A Coalition of Aggrieved supporters of presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has formally declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the PDP candidate of using and dumping them.
Leader of the group, Com. Bello Osaretin Godspower, said the former Vice President never appreciated their efforts and treated them with disdain.
He added that aside the ill treatment, the Atiku Campaign has been infiltrated by people with questionable character and who were once responsible for the rape of nation’s democracy.
He denied reports making the round that they have decided to return to the Atiku Campaign, describing the information as cheap promotional gimmick to score undeserving political goal.
He said: “It will be recalled that on the 27th of November, 2018 at a location in the heart of Abuja, we the disgruntled members of Atiku Campaign Office took a mile stone decision to dump Atiku Abubakar Presidential Project on the platform of PDP after a robust and convincing consultation with relevant stakeholders vis-a-viz other considerable factors.
“Our despondency was born out of Atiku Abubakar disdainful treatment of support groups, which snow-ball into neglect, nepotic deployment, use and dump style coupled with lack of direction and reward management system made worse by the infusion and infiltration of people with questionable characters into his campaign train, who were once responsible for the rape on the Nigeria state and were also found culpable for the culture of gross impunity and social recklessness in the society.
“Today, the 10th of February, 2019, we as members of Aggrieved Atiku Support Group Coalition warehousing over one hundred and forty-five formidable organizations united together and stronger in one voice to officially denounce Atiku Abubakar Presidential ambition and make formal declaration to support President Mohammadu Buhari Re-election bid come February 16, 2019.
“Permit me to use this opportunity to refute and debunk the claims in some quarters that the Aggrieved Atiku Support Groups led by Comrade Bello Osaretin Godspower (El Mikado) has returned to Atiku Abubakar, a decoy to confuse the unsuspecting electorates whose opinions are already to vote for President Mohammadu Buhari re-election bid.
“We frown at the cheap promotional gimmicks to score undeserving political goal. It is incomprehensible to believe and one of the numerous PDP propaganda tactics to fool and hoodwink the general public. However, we cannot kowtow to return to Egypt and it is a sin for one to contemplate PDP that has been corruptibly battered, tattered and tattooed. PDP is like a bogeyman with the garment of errors, horrors and terrors.
“Our decision to formally declare support for President Muhammadu Buhari Re-election is in the national interest and his ability to rejig the governance system that hitherto occasioned with corruption activities under the sixteen years misrule of PDP government, where corruption became the norms and symbols of state (stealing was never corruption).
“It is instructive to assert or pontificate that the fight against corruption that has been identified as major problem of previous government are being well fought under President Muhammadu Buhari with global acknowledgement.
“We are glad to appreciate the good work of Mr. President and today, the roads are working, the rails are back on track, the agricultural sector which is the instrument of diversification is on course and the farmers can now smile to the banks, the social intervention policy i.e the N-Power Programme, the School Feeding Programme and the Trader Money Programme are well implemented with due diligence coupled with uncountable infrastructural development that are scattered across the country, especially in the power sector.
“We cannot afford to stand akimbo and aloof in the political space to allow rascals, hooligans and economic thieves who are professionally hollow, delinquent in leadership panache, nomadic in character and content to hold sway in the governance of Nigeria once again.
“We are proud to say without further ado that Nigeria is work in progress and in save hands under President Mohammadu Buhari. We are quite convinced that the Next Level Policy Document is a compendium of activities to reposition and rescue Nigeria for economic prosperity, political stability and socio-cultural actualities and more so, to help take back Nigeria from the horrendous shackles of political looters and economic saboteurs who are now gathered in one accord with the intention to sell the sole economic life wire of Nigeria.
“To this end, we hereby direct all our members across Nigeria to vote enmasse for President Mohammadu Buhari come February 16, 2019 to enable him continue and consolidate on the good work. President Mohammadu Buhari ambition is a divine project.”
Receiving the group, former Lagos state governor and Chairman of the Central
Working Committee of the APC Women and Youth Campaign Council, Brig. Genera, Mohammed Buba Marwa said they have agreed to support a man of impeccable character, honesty and with the passion to lead the country.
Marwa said “We welcome you as part of the supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari with open hands. This is like a train leaving it station and you are able to catch that train before it goes. You people have taken the right decision and not a moment sooner. You have come on board at the right time as your votes of your various organisations will count.
“You have agreed to support a person who is in impeccable in character, impeccable in leadership, impeccable in honesty, impeccable in patriotism and impeccable in compassion to Nigerians. This is one leader that is fighting corruption and he has said do as I do and not do as I say.
He urged the support groups to sell the candidates from door to do and also ensure that all the members get their PDP to votes.
“So, speaking on behalf of the chairperson of the Women and Youth Presidential campaign team, Her Excellency Wife of the President Aisha Buhari, we are grateful to you all, we acknowledged this show of support.
“She specifically said I should pass the message that from here, we will integrate you into organisations that are relevant to your various state, Local governments, Wards and Units and you will go out there to campaign from door to door taken full advantage of what you know of the government and performance of President Buhari.”