Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said that his former political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is indebted to him.
Reacting to a statement by the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh who recently said that Atiku owed the party a debt of gratitude for providing him a political platform that helped him to emerge as the former Vice President, he said he owed the ruling party nothing.
According to the former vice president, Metuh's statement was a distortion of history.In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, Atiku said that it is the PDP that should be grateful to him, rather than claiming that he was the one who is indebted to the ruling party.
Atiku said neither Metuh nor anyone currently in position of authority in the ruling party was there when the party was formed, adding that he was one of the people who played a major role in building the party.
The statement reads in part:
"If the national publicity secretary of the PDP doesn’t have the knowledge of how the party came into being, then it will be in order that he goes into the archives and read about the history of the party and the roles certain individuals, particularly former Vice President Atiku Abubakar played in building the party.
"Where were Metuh and his paymasters when the PDP was in its formative stage? If he and his paymasters came as free riders into the party, that shouldn’t mean they have the license to distort history. The demagogic outburst and the repeated innuendoes by which the PDP has been nursing its wounds following the exit of its founding fathers will do no good for the party to reverse the trend of how it is fast losing acceptability by the Nigerian people."