Members of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), a political organisation founded by late former chief of general staff (Supreme Headquarters), General Shehu Yar’Adua, on Friday, adopted former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, as its consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The group declared their adoption of Atiku ahead of the polls after a meeting held at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
They added that it was gratifying to note that one of its founding members emerged as a candidate of one of the biggest political parties participating in the election. In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the group said it came to the inevitable conclusion of “endorsing the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, as our consensus candidate.”
They also called on key participants in the electoral process to play by the rules, stressing that everything possible must be done to make the 2019 elections peaceful, credible, free and fair.
Though members of PDM belong to various political parties, its national chairman, Bode Ajewole, said they resolved to rally behind Atiku’s quest for the highest elective office given his contribution to the growth of democracy in the country.
He said, “It is noteworthy to point out that even though membership in this political family cuts across all the major political parties in the country, it has always been our prayers that one of our own be given the opportunity to showcase our outstanding leadership qualities irrespective of the political parties that throw up such a candidate for as long as he/she is a member of the political family.
“To this end, and with the 2019 presidential election exactly a week away, it has become incumbent on us, as founding members of the Yar’Adua political family, PDM, to lend our voice to the conversations around the epochal electoral contest.