Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is too old to rule Nigeria come 2023, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) support group, PDP Action 2023, has said.
The group’s chairman, Rufus Omeire, in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, advised Mr Abubakar not to bother contesting for presidency in 2023.
“We think that time has come for Abubakar to step aside and allow others, preferably the younger generation, to step forward,” he said.
Mr Omeire said Mr Abubakar should rather look towards becoming the party’s Board of Trustees chairman.
“He can be asked to take the position of the Chairman PDP Board of Trustees where he will play an advisory role to younger politicians, as an elder statesman,” he advised.
Mr Abubakar, who lost the 2019 presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari, would be 77 years old in 2023.
The group also accused Abubakar of abandoning the party and Nigerians after the 2019 general elections.
“It is very shameful that since he lost the presidential election, he moved to Dubai, abandoning all members of PDP, all the stakeholders, and millions of ordinary Nigerians who voted for him and PDP in 2019.
“It is a betrayal of trust for Abubakar to neglect the feelings and sacrifices of ordinary voters who supported him and PDP in 2019.
“Now 2023 elections are once again at hand, he has returned and started politicking once again. Apparently, the only thing he is very good at is politics.”
The group also accused Abubakar of abandoning the party at its time of crisis but to come around during the presidential election.