By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has lauded the campaign blueprint of its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, saying the resounding public endorsements that heralded the policy document is a confirmation it embodies the collective mindset, yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians in their quest for a new leadership and a better life in our country.
The party while lauding Atiku’s manual for its inclusiveness, it lampooned Whereas President Muhammadu Buhari’s “Next Level”, describing same as dead on arrival.
“The Atiku Abubakar policy document is a product of very wide, painstaking and productive consultations with Nigerians from all walks of live, critical stakeholders and development partners in key sectors, in the overall determination to chart a new course for our nation.
“The policy document foretells a new dawn as it articulates practical solutions and answers to the myriad of economic, social and political challenges facing our nation and sets out all-inclusive templates for national rejuvenation, cohesion, protection of human rights and democratic tenets, wealth creation, transparency and elimination of corruption in governance,” the party wrote in a statement issued Monday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement added that “the negative reactions of Nigerians to the Next Level mantra have shown that the document is dead on arrival as Nigeria cannot afford the reinforcement of failure, especially as the electorate have already seen through the deception and cheap attempt to beguile them again ahead of the elections.
The party further said the blueprint places utmost priority on the people by focusing chiefly on their yearnings for job creation, infrastructural development, poverty
eradication, human capital development, inclusiveness and national unity.
The statement continued: “Nigerians are particularly happy with the Atiku Abubakar policy document as it seeks to implement pro-poor policies that grant all citizens, irrespective of financial and social status, unhindered opportunity to participate in economic activities to achieve self-reliance and become active contributors to national development.
“Unlike President Buhari, who is adjudged by Nigerians to be aloof, detached and unconcerned, Atiku Abubakar, has always maintained a strong bond with the people; hence his ability to understand their challenges, collective aspirations and to proffer solutions with underlining