By Deji Elumoye in Abuja
Senate President Bukola Saraki has congratulated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, for emerging as the Presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just concluded national convention of the party held in Port Harcourt.
Saraki in a statement signed by his Media Adviser Adviser, Yusuph Olaniyonu congratulated Abubakar also expressed his readiness to team up with others towards ensuring that Abubakar wins the presidential poll come February,2019
He hailed his fellow aspirants for running credible and mature campaigns “and working all along to reassure millions of our fellow party members and other Nigerians that PDP will leave the convention venue more united”
Saraki pointedly expressed his readiness to work together with the PDP Presidential flag bearer to form the next government at the federal and other levels “in a manner that we will unite the country, grow the economy, carry along all stakeholders, empower the youths and make government serve the people better.
“Like I said in my speech at the convention after the official declaration of Alhaji Atiku as winner, all the other aspirants, especially myself, are ready to walk and work with him to spread the positive message of the PDP and his campaigns across the nooks and crannies of the country such that the PDP will win the 2019 general elections.
According to him, those who expect that the party will degenerate into crisis after the primaries have miscalculated adding that “we will all work for the Atiku-PDP ticket to succeed and contribute ideas into solving the problems confronting Nigeria today. “
He further said that the PDP special convention in Port Harcourt was a victory for Nigeria and for democracy “and we will not lose the momentum but sustain it to rebuild Nigeria and elect Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the next President of Nigeria”.
According to Saraki, the just concluded convention was a partisan event which the country can show-case as an example that democracy has a future in Nigeria “and that when we are determined we can elect our leaders without any manipulation, intimidation and violation of the law and democratic norms.”