A former Vice-President and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday said the emergence of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party was a product of transparency, democracy and compromise.
Atiku made the claim in a statement of solidarity to the new APC executive which would be inaugurated today.
In a statement by his media office in Abuja, the former vice-president advised the newly-elected party officials to sustain the tempo and public enthusiasm which greeted the birth of the opposition party in the country.
The former vice-president expressed joy at the peaceful conduct of the elections at the party’s inaugural national convention last Friday.
Atiku said as a member of the party, he was proud that the elections were conducted without rancour, adding that the level of maturity demonstrated by the APC followers was an evidence of their commitment to decent democratic conduct.
The former vice-president said despite the prediction of chaos and crisis, event went on off peacefully without any incident.
He appealed to aggrieved members to remain loyal to the party, saying that there was a reward for loyalty.
However, the Turakin Adamawa advised APC leaders and members not to rest on their oars because the challenges ahead were still tough. According to him, complacency was a dangerous attitude, especially for an opposition party struggling to capture power and bring change.
While expressing his apologies for his inability to be present for the inauguration of the executive due to previous commitments overseas, the former vice-president, however, conveyed his support, loyalty and cooperation to the NEC of the party at all times.