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ABUJA — FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Sunday, took a swipe at his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying it was owing him a great debt of gratitude.

He also urged the leadership of PDP to  concentrate on improving lives of the people, redressing the parlous state of the nation’s economy and stem the state of insecurity, rather than distorting history.

Atiku, who boasted that he owed the ruling party nothing, said those currently enjoying the party were not there when the PDP was formed.

Apparently reacting to a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, recently that Atiku owed a debt of gratitude for providing him a political platform that saw to his emergence as the former Vice President, Atiku said in a statement that contrary to the claims by the leadership of PDP, it was, indeed, his erstwhile political party that owed him a debt of thanks.

Atiku, who dumped the PDP recently for the All Progressives Congress, APC, said Metuh was distorting history by saying he was ungrateful to the PDP.

The statement read:  “Neither Metuh, nor anyone currently in position of authority in the PDP today was there when the PDP was being formed.

”If the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP doesn’t have the knowledge of how the party came into being, then it will be in order that he goes into the archives and read about the history of the party and the roles certain individuals, particularly former Vice President Atiku Abubakar played in building the party.

”For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar does not owe to the PDP. Rather it is the PDP that owes a debt of thanks to him. Where were Metuh and his paymasters when the PDP was in its formative stage? If he and his paymasters came as free riders into the party, that shouldn’t mean they have the licence to distort history.

”The demagogic outburst and the repeated innuendoes by which the PDP has been nursing its wounds following the exit of its founding fathers will do no good for the party to reverse the trend of how it is fast losing acceptability by the Nigerian people.

”Metuh and his co-travellers in the PDP should focus more on improving the lives of citizens, redressing the parlous state of the nation’s economy and stemming the state of insecurity that pervades the land instead of distorting history.

”Nigerians need good governance. They need to be told how the only country we all call home can be safe for each and every one of us. Nigerians need a political party that will work on the parlous state of the country’s economy and restore financial confidence to Nigerians who work hard to support their families. The youths of Nigeria need a political party that can give them a direction to the future.

”There are very many challenges besetting the country today and it will be incongruous that a political party in government will ignore these challenges and continue to vituperate over individuals who have deserted its fold to join forces with a political party better suited to provide solutions to the myriad of problems confronting the country.”

The former Vice President used the opportunity to commiserate with the government and people Kaduna, Benue, Katsina and   Borno states, following the recent spate of senseless killings in the states.

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