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We have learnt our lessons, please return home, Atiku urges defected PDP leaders

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar made his first appearance at the People Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretariat, with a crowd of supporters on Tuesday few days after returning to the party and urge all defected leaders to return back home.

“Let me pay tribute to past leadership of this great party; wherever they may be and to call on them to please return home as I have done.It is only by their returning home that we will build a stronger, more united party that can again return to government and continue to deliver the dividends of democracy,”

“We should remember that those of us, who founded this party, founded it on the principles of democracy, good governance, unity of this country and prosperity of its people”

He thanked all those who stood firm with the party through its trying times and promise to uphold the internal democracy of the party

“Over the years, like any or every human organisation, it has faced its challenges but I want to pay tribute to those who have stayed steadfast through thick and thin to see us through to this point.Now that we have learnt our lessons, I hope that we will be guided by the lessons we have learnt.

“And, that is to make sure that we build an all-inclusive party, where every part of this country will have a sense of belonging and sense of participation. To achieve all these, there must be sacrifices, understanding and compromises in the process, and that is what I speak to members to imbibe.”

The National Caretaker Chairman of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi who received Atiku at the party secretariat urge him to continue to contribute in remodelling the party to reclaim it lost glory.


“We are not just targeting Aso Rock, we are targeting the federal legislature, the states, both executive and legislature. We are targeting the local governments.

“We want to sweep elections all across the party. As a united party we have the capacity and we have the ability to do so. Your return has opened the flood gates and we expect many more high profile returnees and new entrants into the PDP.

“So, PDP must be prepared for this, and be ready to reconcile and reiterate in such a way and manner that everybody will be treated and given a level-playing field to purse his or her personal aspiration.

“That is what PDP must stand for if it has to survive.”

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