2023 Presidential Poll: We’ll Reclaim Our Mandate – Atiku, Tambuwal

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BY SEGUN ADEBAYO – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in the 2023 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has challenged the party members to remain resolute and steadfast in the battle to recover their stolen electoral mandate.

He said contrary to what the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) wants Nigerians to believe, he did not lose the presidential election, but the PDP was brazenly robbed at the polls.

Addressing outgoing and incoming PDP Governors at a reception and award ceremony organised by the Party’s Governors Forum in Abuja on Thursday, the former Vice President urged all stakeholders to keep faith and remain focused on the task ahead.

The Wazirin Adamawa, who assured that there would be no backing down until the Party’s stolen mandate is recovered at the court, charged PDP members to take stock and unravel why the party has unfortunately slipped from being the oldest and dominant political party in 1999 to its present unenviable position in the nation’s political space.

On the event held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Atiku said: “Next time, this kind of event can be organized earlier in the day to allow us more time so that all the issues, and challenges, facing the party can be discussed.”

In his welcome remarks, Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, expressed confidence that the country’s main opposition Party will reclaim its at the Tribunal.

Going down memory lane on how the Forum was formed and the journey so far, Governor Tambuwal, said he would be leaving behind a united and cohesive Forum that has become a powerful voice that cannot be ignored in the nation’s body polity.

Urging those coming on board to work harder towards making the body stronger in the years ahead, Tambuwal said; “Over the years the PDP Governors’ Forum has grown into an alternative voice in governance in the country. A voice that can no longer be ignored.”

To the new and returning governors, the Sokoto Governor said; “On behalf of my colleague Governors in the Forum, I welcome all of them to this event and into the Forum. You are the shining armours of the party going forward. We are happy to bequeath to you, a Forum that is strong, cohesive, and vocal in the defence of democracy and good governance in the country.

“With the calibre of Governors’ elect I see here today, I can say confidently that our Forum is going to be in good hands. Also, gathered here today are past Governors who served meritoriously as Chairmen of the PDP Governors’ Forum.

“These men at different times piloted the transformation agenda which we all enjoy at various levels in various states today. For my colleagues, out-going Governors of our Forum, I commend all of you for your solidarity and comradeship.

“As a first among equals, I can vouch to the warm support and friendship of all the Governors of our Party. Sometimes, it was tough agreeing in all things, but we never forgot to put our interests behind that of our party, people and nation.

“The moments we have shared under this Forum have been moments of joy, learning, comradeship support for one another and a desire for the best of our Party, States and country. To you all, I express my gratitude.

“We are gathered today to celebrate and be celebrated for the progress we have made as a body, as a party and as PDP Governors’ Forum in particular.

“We will also be celebrating in a special way, past Chairmen of this Forum, who we have not formally expressed our gratitude to, as past Leaders of the Forum. This opportunity is one we have been craving for. I am happy to welcome them back to their home, once again.”

Conspicuously absence at the event organized to honour sitting and outgoing governors for their contributions to the party over the years was Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his other G-5 colleagues.

The occasion is the first of its kind since the PDP Governors’ Forum was inaugurated in 2014. After years of operating informally, the Forum was formally registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a separate entity on 12th October 2021.

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