Days After Tinubu’s Visit, Yar’adua Political Family Declares Support For Atiku, PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received support from members of the Yar’adua political family, also known as Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).
This is coming days after the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, visited the mother of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Naija News reports that the former Governor of Lagos State visited Hajjia Aya Dada Yar’Adua in her home in Katsina State, on Monday.
Members of the group are from various political parties like the All Progressives Congress (APC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Accord Party (AP), and Alliance for Democracy (AD), among others.
According to PDM, the main opposition party was supported ahead of the 2023 general elections to ensure things work well again in the country.
The leader of the movement, Bode Ajewole in Akure, Ondo State capital said the decision of the group was taken for the growth of the nation’s economy and, consequently, the general prosperity of all Nigerians.
Ajewole noted that the step to support PDP is a consensus agreement by all members in deference to the expressed wishes of their late founder, late Gen. Shehu Musa Yar-Adua and their pioneering National Chairman, National Chairman Late Dr Farouk Abdulazeez.
According to Ajewole, the decision to join forces with the PDP was not about the individual but an “expression of collective decision jointly taken by majority leaders and followers of Late Shehu Musa Yar-Adua Political family.”
Ajewole said “our decision was prompted by obvious discrimination, non-inclusion, and outright alienation at all levels of party activities on one hand and the other.
“Also, our decision is based on the need to keep our members in one political party in deference to the wishes of our Late founding leader Ge. Shehu Musa Yar-Adua as well as the wishes of our pioneering National Chairman Late Doctor Farouk Abdulazeez both of whom always preached the need to remain in one political party rather than scattering ourselves in too many political parties.”
The former lawmaker, who was supported by coordinators drawn from across the South West States, stressed that the decision was to achieve deserved recognition in the PDP as opposed to many disparate and divergent political parties.
The group, however, requested all presidential aspirants who took their political roots from the Yar’adua/People’s Front family to “see each other as brothers and embrace decorum, the spirit of sportsmanship, brotherliness and most importantly, refrain from abusing each other.”
The National Coordinator, Ajewole, who was flanked by the National Director of the Organisation, Godie Ikechi and the North Central Coordinator, Hon Yusuf Sadiq Abubakar, described the movement to PDP “as a mark of respect for our late Icon of politics without bitterness, Gen. Shehu Musa Yar-Adua of blessed memory.”
The PDM, however, promised to mobilize support for the PDP to ensure victory for the party at the polls in the forthcoming presidential election.