Ahead of the 2019 elections, a coalition of aggrieved support groups numbering over one hundred and forty-five, on Tuesday, formally withdrew their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and pledging their support and loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking during an event to mark the official joining of the campaign for President Buhari’s re-election bid, Coordinator of the Groups, Bello Osaretin, said that they wanted to be part of the ‘Next Level’ movement.
While promising to mobilize their members to give President Buhari six million votes, the groups’ coordinator said that the members of aggrieved Atiku Support Groups Coalition, warehousing more than one hundred and forty-five aggrieved support groups across Nigeria, unanimously agreed to denounce membership of Atiku Presidential Campaign Office and as well withdraws total supports for Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition nationwide with immediate effect and direct all affiliate bodies to do same forthwith.
Osaretin related that the group’s decision to quit the Atiku project was occasioned by the total neglect and disregards for the sanctity of support groups existence, acknowledgment and recognition of groups contributions coupled with nepotistic deployment to favor some selected support groups with ethnic affinity, administrative recklessness in management of support groups goodwill, reparative use of derogatory lingos such as mere volunteers and nuisance to ascribe support groups instrumental for Atiku to defeat eleven co-contestants in PDP Presidential Convention and the use of coercive force, such as thugs and political touts to unleash mayhem on support groups that we are disgruntled to the injustice prevalent in APCO.
The coordinator said however that after the emergence of the Atiku as Presidential Candidate in Port-Harcourt, the victory party was relocated to Dubai, where emporia emporium was hatched and cabals that never labored were the first to sit at the tea party, meanwhile the support groups that labored through thick and thin were neglected, abandoned, used and dumped, confirming the usual parlance of “monkey dey work baboon dey Chop” which has been the usual style of PDP as a political party.
Osaretin said the group’s decision to quit Atiku’s presidential project is informed and inspired by the outcome of wide consultations and engagements embark upon over the past few months as it were clearly observable that the Nigerian people are not interested in restarting Nigeria, knowing well that Nigeria is working and are ready to move en masse to the NEXT LEVEL of economic prosperity, socio-cultural reintegration and political stability.
He said that the group is proud to state that Nigerians are at home with the current achievements of President Buhari and cannot afford to return to the old days of political darkness and jabberwocky, where looters of our common patrimony were been celebrated and given front seats in social functions, instead of languishing in jail.