Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has disclosed that the opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC, can chase the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, out of Aso Rock in 2015 if some certain things are done.
The former PDP chieftain, speaking in an interview with Voice of America, VOA, on Friday, said Nigerians are hungry for a change across the country, stating that APC can bring it to them.
Atiku said since 1999, only the PDP, which he’s a founding member of, has enjoyed power at the centre. “I have never seen a climate that gives the opposition so much hope than today. Because since the return of democracy, Nigeria has been governed by only one ruling political party, and Nigerians really want to see a change,” he said.
“I toured the country and this sense of change is pervasive. So if the APC can put its house in order, Nigerians will give that party the opportunity,” Atiku added.
On the present security challenges in the country, the former Presidential aspirant said, “The security situation in the country, I must admit is appalling. I have never seen it this bad – not even during the civil war did we have this sense of insecurity all over the country?”
“What we need to have in place is a political leadership that has the will, the courage and the determination to restore law and order. Restoring law and order is a multifaceted approach; both social, economic as well as security
“You must have a political leadership that has vision, the will and the courage to pursue those multifaceted approach,” he advised.
Furthermore, the APC chieftain observed that “we should stop passing the buck at each other,” pointing out that, “as long as this security situation is concerned, we should work as a team, the whole country. Whether opposition whether ruling party, we should work as a team to make sure that we restore peace, unity and stability.”