Enugu– Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was apparently stunned when the Enugu State Traditional Rulers council bluntly expressed their dismay over the failure of the party’s presidential candidates to fulfill their past campaign promises.
This was contained in a statement issued on the behalf of the traditional rulers by the Chairman of the council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, in Enugu during a courtesy call on the royal fathers by Atiku sequel to his campaign rally at the iconic Michael Okpara Square, Enugu.
The PDP presidential candidate had hoped for some sort of endorsement or diplomatic words, not the forthright verdict he received on his party’s wasteful and unproductive years
he Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers has decried massive unemployment and generalised insecurity in the state after 22 years of its loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The statement alleged that in spite of supporting the PDP for 22 years, Enugu State had witnessed human rights abuses by law enforcement operatives.
“A factual and undiluted political history of our country’s present republic will teach that the political party known as the PDP was midwifed by eminent and patriotic Nigerians known as the G-34.
“They did this under the leadership of the Second Republic vice-president, His Excellency, Dr Alex Ekwueme, an indigene of the Southeast geopolitical zone.
“Since the inception of PDP, its presidential candidates have always been warmly welcomed by us, each time they came hunting for votes.
“PDP presidential candidates invariably made mouth-watering promises to our subjects who consequently voted massively for them.
“After more than two decades of our support for the PDP, Enugu State has only unemployment, insecurity, dehumanisation of her indigenes by law-enforcement officers and the resultant youth restiveness to show for it.
“It is against this backdrop that we welcome you on this courtesy visit and predictably we have received a sumptuous dish of often-repeated promises from you.
“If our late brother, Prof. Chinua Achebe, were to be here, he would have simply advised you to go and count your teeth with your tongue.
“Everything considered our hope of a better Nigeria compels us to remain engaged and pray for peaceful, free, fair and credible presidential election.
“We pray that the election produces the best candidate, irrespective of his political party,’’ the statement read.
Igwe Agubuzu, Nigeria’s former ambassador to Zambia and Malawi is also the Chairman, Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers.
Recall that the South East Traditional rulers had earl ire prayed for and endorsed Mr Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, last month, “based on merit not as an Igbo candidate”