Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says Nigeria is on the edge of precipice as the country is going through the most trying and difficult period of its existence.
He said this on Saturday during the 2021 elective National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Eagle Square, Abuja.
The Wazirin Adamawa, therefore, appealed to party members and all Nigerians to shun past differences, set aside political machinations and scheming and wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the APC had “comprehensively” failed Nigerians for the past six years but there is still an opportunity to set the ship on the right course by atoning for the mistake of past leadership and uniting the country on the part towards greatness.
He said: “I can tell you that I am 70 years plus but I have never seen this country in such a very bad shape, so disunited, so much unemployment, so much insecurity in its history.
“The social and security challenges in all corners along with the lingering tension surrounding the very nature of our corporate existence as a nation, Nigeria is at the edge of precipice because of the lackluster performance and complacency successive administrations in culminating in the gross failure of this APC-led government.
“The APC has proven itself to be unequip to lead the nation. They have shown themselves to be corrupt, in fact, the most corrupt, sectional and divisive party that was never prepared to lead this country. If we had the idea of what it took to lead a diverse, multiethnic and multi-religious country like Nigeria.
“The responsibility therefore is for us to arrest the downward spiral of the Nigerian nation and save the country from even greater calamities. This is our collective responsibility.”
Atiku added: “We must set aside our differences. We must bring forth our brightest lights and position themselves to rescue, restore and rebuild the foundation.
“This time is a critical juncture for us politicians to work together to return Nigerians on the part of growth and development.
“The unity of key players in the PDP is an extension of the unity of Nigerians. I believe we should return and focus the party on part of competence.
“The decisions we take today will determine the future of trajectory of our party and our beloveth party. We can’t afford to fail and we will not fail. We all put out hands together with sincerity of purpose rescue our great country, Nigeria.”