The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has vowed not to be distracted by any drama is in quest to rescue Nigeria.
Naija News reports that the PDP presidential candidate was reacting to a press statement by a NEC member, Chinemerem Madu, who alleged that the party leaders including some NEC members behind the PDP crisis have received money to continue to fuel disagreements.
Madu added that the calls for the resignation of the PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu are just a distraction while the main target of those behind the crisis is to frustrate the ambition of Atiku Abubakar.
Madu said the unnamed national vice chairman has confessed to receiving huge cash to frustrate Atiku’s bid and disrupt the party’s presidential campaigns.
He alleged further that part of the plans of the group is to orchestrate press conferences where damaging statements will be made against Atiku shortly after the official commencements of campaigns for the 2023 presidential election.
While reacting to the press statement by Madu, Atiku through the Presidential Spokesman, Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organisation, Daniel Bwala, said the PDP has moved on and its focused on the 2023 election.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a press statement by Chief Chinemerem Madu, a NEC member of our dear party of an alleged plan by some persons both within and outside the party to conduct press conference or issue a press release, calling for the removal or resignation of the National Chairman of our great party. Whatever the plans are, they are intended, in the statement of Chief Chinemerem, to create a distraction from the collective efforts by the party and its members to execute a rescue Nigeria project.
“Our campaign council members were inaugurated today (Wednesday) during the launching of books about our flag bearer, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar. For all intent and purposes, we are set to commence our campaigns from today (Wednesday), hence the alleged plan to destabilize the efforts.
“The kickoff drew large support and participation of our members as well as willing Nigerians with renewed resolve to work towards delivering on our mandate. Make no mistake, as a party we have moved on to what is ahead of us and refused to be distracted by any unnecessary distraction or drama.
“We call on our members to be aware of what lies ahead of us, the energy and enthusiasm it requires to execute with passion and precision the project that lies ahead. The promise of our ticket to the Nigerian people is quite clear and is designed to lead this country out of the doldrums.
“Our members at all levels are called upon to embark on community mobilisation and engage various groups as we look to win the undecided voters. The stakes are high; there is no sitting on the fence. As Nigerians go to the polls they would decide on their choices along the lines of superior promise on security, education, infrastructure, unity, economy etc. Pundits, experts are of the opinion that our candidate presents the best alternative for Nigeria. Our economic blueprint is adjudged as the best by experts and professionals. We are committed to this onerous task.”
Naija News reports that a group headed by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had pulled out of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Council following the refusal of Ayu to resign.