Atiku mulls defection to APC


Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar 





Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Indications emerged today that former Vice President Atiku Abubabar may have finally yielded to the invitation to switch his party loyalty from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) offered by the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC).

Abubakar who played host to a high power delegation of the APC leadership at his Asokoro residence told journalists after meeting that they had made “fruitful discussions” over his defection and that he would formally communicate his decision after consultation with his political associates.

The former APC who harped on his belief in a two party system said: “We came together as old political comrades to cement that relationship. We discussed extensively as political associates and I will soon communicate my decision after a meeting with my political associates.”

Recalling the struggle with his political associates in the past 24 years to bring about democracy, Abubakar said Nigerians’ expectations were currently being dashed hence the need for ‘all men of goodwill’ to come together and rescue the country.

He drew a parallel between the ruling PDP in Nigeria and the African National congress (ANC) in South Africa saying the latter had succeed due to its entrenchment of internal democracy within its party hierarchy.

“Its time we realized we have a responsibility to our generation and the one yet unborn”, Abubakar said.

APC national chairman, chief Bisi Akande had earlier said the party’s delegation had come to discuss with the former vice President having worked with him in the past on how to rescue the country and move forward.

Also speaking at the end of the meeting which lasted for about an hour, former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, said their visit was in continuation of similar ones the made to groups such as the G-7 Governors.

“We have been visiting others like the G-7 Governors,we also visited former heads of state and intend to visit chief Olusegun Obasanjo anytime to seek for understanding and brief him on why we formed the APC.”

“We have just met Atiku and he promised to meet with his political associates and get to us later”, Buhari said.

Present at the meeting were APC leaders Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Goveronr Shettima of Borno State and his predecessor, Ali modu Sheriff, former Reps Speaker, Aminu Bello Masari, senate minority Leader, George Akume among others.


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