Accompanied by a large crowd of supporters and praise singers, Atiku was received by the PDP Spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and other top officials of the party.
Delivering a short message centered on reforms and rebranding, Atiku stated that no government had performed up to half of what the PDP achieved in its time in government.
Explaining why he was at the PDP National Secretariat, the former vice president said he had to ‘come and show face,’ having earlier announced his decision on social media a few days ago. His words:
“All that I have come to do today is to come and show my face. Many people have read in the media that I have returned home. This is the home.
“Mr. Chairman, I want to congratulate you for a wonderful work which you have been doing to redeem the image of this party, to reform it, rebrand it and return it to its original form.
“I want to assure you of my support and cooperation at all times, to make sure that these objectives are achieved by you and subsequently by your successors.”
While calling on those who left the party at one time or the other to return home without further delay and rebuild Nigeria, Atiku said:
“Let me pay tribute to past leadership of this great party; where ever they may be and to call upon them to, please return home as I have done. It is only by their returning home that we will build a stronger, more united party that can again return to government and continue to deliver the dividends of democracy.
“I can bet you the records we have achieved so far in governance, no government has yet even done 50 percent of what we have achieved in government, not to talk of equalling our performance in government.
“We should remember that those of us who founded this party, founded it on the principles of democracy, good governance, unity of this country and the prosperity of its people.
“Now that we have learnt our lessons, I hope that we will be guided by the lessons we have learnt. And that is to make sure that we build an all-inclusive party, where every part of this country will have a sense of belonging and sense of participation.
“To achieve all these, there must be sacrifices, understanding, and compromises in the process of achieving that. And that is what I speak to members to imbibe. But as you know, one thing that I will never compromise is the internal democracy process in a given political party.”