Loyalty to PDP Unprofitable, Enugu Rulers Tell Atiku
Enugu State traditional rulers have advised former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his political advantage.
The royal fathers made the suggestion in a communique read at the end of the Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers meeting on Thursday held at the Government House, Enugu.
The communique was read by the Chairman, Enugu Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, who called on Nigerians to respect constituted authorities.
Agubuzu advised Atiku to accept the outcome of the Presidential Election and stop instigating crisis in the country.
The Chairman said the rulers believed that it was no longer useful for Atiku to show unwavering loyalty to the PDP since his party lost the election.
He urged the former vice president to join forces with the APC if he wanted to make political gains, saying “the army of Nigerians beating war drums will not solve any problem”,
The Chairman added that loyalty to any political party would become ‘unprofitable' if it loses an election
The communique also contained several advises to the people of Enugu state, including:
Rulers Advise Enugu People
- Be Law-abiding: The rulers asked the people to be law-abiding and perform their civic responsibilities by ensuring peace and order in their various neighbourhoods.
- Value Education: The rulers warned Enugu residents to pay more attention to education as it was the only way out of poverty and other forms of adversity.
- Go for Developmental Projects:The royal fathers also encouraged the people of Enugu state to go for more developmental projects that would revive the economy of the state.
The communique further called on people from Enugu and other states in the South East to support President Muhammadu Buhari's effort in ensuring security and stability in the region.
It concluded by admonishing the youth to respect their elders and rally round development efforts by their community leaders as well as the government.
In an exclusive gathering of Enugu State PDP Supporters and State Leaders, Pressure has been mounting on presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to recognize his loyalty to the People's Democratic Party (PDP), with Enugu State governors asserting that loyalty will not be profitable for him.
At the event, Nigerian lawmakers, including MPs from various political parties, leaders of different political parties, and other stakeholders, discussed the implications of the PDP’s support of Atiku’s presidential bid on a Nigerian state-by-state basis.
The Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, set the trend by stressing that loyalty to the PDP was unprofitable for Atiku and other candidates “who choose to put the party first because of its strong nationwide structural framework in most states of Nigeria.” He further stated that “Nigerians, especially those in Enugu State, will want to see that loyalty by contributing to the party's success come election time; otherwise it is not worth anything.”
“We, in Enugu State, are all fully aware that loyalty to the PDP is not for Atiku but for the overall success of the party. We have always made it known that no one will be rewarded or favoured because of their short-term loyalty to the party, only those who work hard and are very loyal will get their due in the form of gaining public office posts,” the governor added.
In the words of Honorable member Chijioke Egwu, the renowned MP of Enugu North, Enugu; loyalty is not a need for any candidate i.e. Atiku, but a decision which should be taken with the interest of all Nigerians in mind. According to him, this includes “providing better living conditions for the citizens, encouraging economic growth and development, and fighting against corruption and other vices”.
The Governor and the other stakeholders further expressed the need for serious engagements between the different political groups, pointing out that no single party can take Nigeria to the promised land without the coming together of other parties.
In conclusion, the Enugu State PDP Supporters and State Leaders unanimously agreed that loyalty to the PDP is very important, but it is not necessarily profitable for Atiku or anyone looking to ascend to a high office. As a result, they agreed that loyalty should be equal and mutual, between the candidate and the party, and should be given with considerations that are beneficial to all Nigerians.