Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party presidential hopeful in the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, exhorted leaders and members of the PDP in Lagos State on Friday to consolidate as a unified party ahead of the forthcoming elections. He made the appeal at a brainstorming meeting with leaders and delegates of the Lagos PDP at the Ikoyi home of Chief Olabode George.
During the consultation discussion, Atiku stressed that it was critical for the PDP in Lagos to unite under one banner.
He said, “As you all know, the major theme of my campaign is unity. But I think we should share the same gospel of unity with the PDP in Lagos State.
“This call will require shifting of position and common understanding. But this is the sacrifice that we all have to make to ensure that the PDP wins Lagos State.
“I have talked to leaders and elders of the party inside and I made a similar call to them. I am here with all of you too who are esteemed members of our party to please give the necessary support to our leaders and elders in making sure that the party is united.”
Responding, George said Atiku’s message was well taken.
He said, “It is not in doubt that Atiku knows Nigeria very well and Nigeria knows him too. The next election is the last battle of Berlin and it is necessary that we go into it with all the power and elements that we have.’’
“In Lagos PDP, we shall be united. It is what we must do to win the next election.
“In this upcoming election, Nigeria needs someone with the experience, capacity and deep knowledge of this country and you, Waziri (Atiku Abubakar), fits into that perfectly.
“We wish you well in your campaign. I like the way you ended your remark about winning Lagos for the people of Lagos. We must end the era of Lagos belonging to a stranger.”