Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar
• PDP will bounce back to power, says Gov. Udom Emmanuel
• Ekweremadu rues manipulation, decline of Nigeria’s democracy
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that good governance was necessary to surmount the present political and economic challenges faced by the country.
Atiku, who spoke during the 2016 Silverbird Man of the Year award where he was honoured with ‘the Extraordinary Achievement award’, noted that right leadership was essential to move the nation to greater heights.
According to him, all that was required was the unity of Nigeria as well as right leadership to turn around this economic situation into prosperity.
Atiku, who reiterated that the youths were the greatest assets of any country, said: “We all at one time or the other were youths who have benefitted immensely from the generosity of this country and its resources.
“I believe that every responsible government should emphasis on youths development and empowerment so that our prosperity can return to us.”
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has said that PDP would bounce back to power, urging members not to be distracted by the recent Appeal Court ruling that recognised the factional leader of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party.
Emmanuel, who said the judgment was a temporary setback, noted that it should not dampen the collective will of the people to forge ahead knowing that something good is about to happen in the PDP.
Also, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has rued what he described as the manipulation of vital institutions of democracy and radical decline of democratic freedoms in Nigeria.
He said that the solidarity of all key organs and bodies of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) towards the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP national caretaker committee, despite the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal on the party’s leadership tussle, showed that “it is not the hood that makes the monk.”
Ekweremadu made the assertions during the PDP national stakeholders’ meeting, which held at the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, yesterday.
The Deputy Senate President, who was particularly peeved at the sealing of the International Conference Centre, Abuja, the earlier announced venue of the meeting by the security agencies, said that such flagrant manipulation of critical institutions of democracy was not only dangerous, but bad news for the nation’s democracy.