Melaye, also responding to the taunt of the APC Campaign Council in which Atiku was called the Divider-in-Chief in the PDP, accused the ruling party of trying to capitalise on the PDP crisis.
He said that contrary to the insinuation by the APC, Atiku was indeed being persecuted on account of his defence of democracy and respect for due process.
He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku as a long standing democrat will not sacrifice those elected by the party for his own ambition, just to please autocratic democrats.
“If by chance he loses the support of some party members on account of adhering to the rules, he would be satisfied that he acted right.
“The failure of Nigeria can be adduced substantially to the dominance of strong men who trample on weak institutions.
“Atiku will continue to support the enthronement of strong institutions that can minimise the excesses of political Goliaths. And as it happened to Goliath, strong men get defeated, no matter the length of their domination.
“Waiting to benefit from the internal synthesis that may play out in the PDP is a wait in futility. The tears of opposition are only flowing from the demonstrable capacity of Atiku for political sagacity. ”