Abubakar Atiku, the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, has voiced confidence in the ability of the party to stay together and committed to its objectives.
This comes after the uproar that Atiku’s selection of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running partner in the 2023 presidential election has received.
Atiku made the claim through a statement issued his verified Twitter account, on Thursday, June 30.
The PDP candidate, who noted that the party was taking action to address the feelings of all members, said the unity in the party’s community is his utmost priority.
“The PDP will remain united. Focus on our actions. We are taking action to address the feelings of all party members. The unity in our community is my priority. Our resolve to unify Nigeria starts in our party and moves to the community, then on to society.
“Every Governor, Legislator, and other elected officials produced by our party, and party members and loyalists, are much loved and respected by me.
“When they speak, I listen. I do not only listen. Appropriate actions have been taken, are being taken, and will continue to be advanced,” Atiku said.
The @OfficialPDPNig will remain united. Focus on our actions. We are taking action to address the feelings of all party members. The unity in our community is my priority. Our resolve to unify Nigeria starts in our party and moves to the community, then on to society.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) June 30, 2022
Earlier on Wednesday, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said he has not received direction from God to support the presidential candidate the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar for the 2023 elections.
Ortom made this statement during an interview with Arise Tv.
“I am praying. I have gone into hibernation. Also, I am fasting and praying. So in the end, if God directs me that I should support Atiku, why should I not do it? After all, he’s my party member,” he said.
Ortom added that he had expected Atiku to have chosen Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, as his running mate instead of Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta state governor.
He also declared his support for Governor Wike and urged Atiku to talk to the Rivers State governor.
“But I am waiting for him (Atiku) to do more. I expect him to reach out to Wike, who came second in the presidential primary,” Ortom said.