A former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has called on all leaders who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to return home.
Atiku made the call when he visited the Wadata Plaza headquarter of the PDP in Abuja on Tuesday.
He held a closed-door meeting with Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who is the party’s National Caretaker Committee Chairman.
Atiku, who was greeted with excitement by a large crowd, said he was back to make the party stronger.
“Let me pay tribute to past leadership of this great party; wherever they may be and to call on 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,” he said.“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 prosperity of its people.
“Over the years, like any or every human organisation, it has faced its challenges but I want to pay tribute to those who have stayed steadfast through thick and thin to see us through to this point.
“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, and that is what I speak to members to imbibe,” the former Vice President said.