By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the emergence of former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the presidential candidate of the party in the just concluded national convention of the party held in Port Harcourt.
The party also congratulated the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, on the successful organisation of the party’s national convention.
In a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday and signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Mr Tunde Ashaolu, the party also commended the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led National Convention Planning Committee for conducting a free, fair, transparent and rancour-free presidential primary.
The party lauded its members and delegates from the 36 states of the federation including FCT for conducting themselves in a peaceful and democratic manner and freely elected their choice aspirant during the convention.
“The success of our National Convention is no doubt a victory for democracy, as it met global standards.
“We also urge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to learn from this process as it prepares to conduct the 2019 general election.
“We also note that the credibility and transparency of the exercise has clearly shown that the PDP is truly a reformed, repositioned and democratic party that is ready to take over the governance of the country from the inept and clueless All Progressives Congress (APC) government,” it said.
It expressed confidence that Atiku would defeat “the incumbent and incompetent President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s elections, and provide purposeful leadership that will return Nigeria to the path of progress and prosperity”.
The Kwara PDP also praised the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the other 10 aspirants for accepting the outcome of the primary election and for running a decent campaign and giving a good fight at the convention.
The party noted that though only one candidate could emerge through the process, all the aspirants were eminently qualified to become Nigeria’s president and perform better than the incumbent president.