The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has hailed the party for its role in the democratic development of Nigeria.
According to him, the PDP played a major role in sustaining the country’s move from military rule to democratic governance.
Atiku in a statement on Friday said the PDP in its sixteen years of national leadership offered quality benchmarks for the political, economic, and other growth areas of Nigeria.
He spoke against the backdrop of the 25-year anniversary celebration of the PDP.
While congratulating the party on its landmark celebration, the former Vice President said as a founding member of the PDP, he knows the party would bounce back from its current challenges.
A press release from his media office quoted Atiku as saying “The PDP is the progenitor of our contemporary democracy, and therefore, the party shall ensure that democracy does not only survive in Nigeria, but that the country thrives through it.”
He added that “being one of the founding fathers of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, I take great pride in having participated in the process of nurturing the party from infancy to a deliberate agency of socio-political and economic development in Nigeria.
“In the 16 years that the PDP was at the helm of affairs in our country, the party offered quality leadership through various administrations and the achievements recorded in those 16 years have remained the benchmark for positive growth in our economy and other critical areas of our national life.
“Of course, the PDP took leading role in the deconstruction of military rule in Nigeria, and the peculiarities of our contemporary experiences both within Nigeria and other countries in Africa demand that the PDP should, once again, rise to the occasion in cancelling the economic hardship and other structural deficiencies that directly bear negatively on our people in the past nearly eight and half years.
“I have every confidence that the PDP will bounce back to give Nigerians a responsive government.”