Essien Udim socio-political and socio-cultural group, the Reformation Agenda, has described the October 6, 2018, National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that threw up former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its Presidential candidate for 2019 as free, fair, credible and the best thing in Nigeria’s political history.
The group, which mobilized its members to Port Harcourt in solidarity to Governor Udom Emmanuel and the newly appointed Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Investment, Barrister Prince Akpabio, congratulated Alhaji Abubakar on hi his emergence as Presidential candidate of the PDP.
Speaking with newsmen at Government House, Port Harcourt, the Co-Ordinator of the Reformation Agenda, Comrade Martins Inyangetoh, described the election that produced Atiku Abubakar out of 13 other aspirants as the party’s Presidential candidate as the freest of all elections ever conducted by PDP since Nigeria’s return to democracy, saying “As an independent observer, our group monitored the convention, its election and observed that it was free and fair and the outcome was the true reflection of the wishes of the delegates across the country who were given the chance to exercise their franchise and chose whom they think would best represent the party in 2019.”
Comrade Inyangetoh further called on those that contested the election with Atiku Abubakar to see it as a no-victor, no-vanquish election, exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship, stressing that it “would further contribute to the rapid growth of democracy in Nigeria and Africa at large.”
He expressed the readiness of the Reformation Agenda to defend the mandate given to Governor Emmanuel, Alhaji Abubakar and other candidates of PDP by the people.
According to the Co-Ordinator, the decision to defend and protect the people’s mandate was informed by the testaments from both local and foreign observes concerning the just concluded PDP primaries in Akwa Ibom and the convention ground which they said was relatively peaceful, free, faire and credible.