Atiku Dumps PDP, Moves To APC!

Nigeria’s former Vice Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has declared his intention to sever ties with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join the All
Progressives Congress.
This was contained in a statement signed by the former Vice President. He disclosed on Sunday that he took the decision after wide consultations.
Atiku also stated that his resignation letter as a member of the PDP will be delivered to the party
tomorrow (Monday).
Below is the full text of Atiku’s statement titled: “After
consultation, it it time to move to APC. Let the
bridge building continue:
“In 2006, as a result of my firm stand in defence of
our constitution and our democracy, my supporters
and I were pushed out of our party, the Peoples
Democratic Party, a party that we worked tirelessly
with other compatriots to build as a vehicle to
restore democracy to our country. We later returned
to that party in 2009 when a new leadership of the
party and the country promised a new direction, a
direction of inclusiveness, of internal democracy, of
an end to impunity, adherence to the rule of law and
respect for the dignity of members and Nigerians.
“Sadly, however, those promises have not been
kept. In addition, the PDP continues to be beset with
many crises, mostly leadership-induced crises. It
has since lost touch with Nigerians and efforts made
by many well-meaning members and stakeholders
to bring it back to the vision of the founders have
been rebuffed. To demonstrate the seriousness of
the challenges and bring public attention to it I and
some other leaders and stakeholders staged a
walkout during the party’s last convention in Abuja.
“As I speak, most of the issues that led to that walk-
out are yet to be addressed. Many founding
members of the PDP, I included, continue to be
marginalized and excluded from the affairs of the
party. For instance as a former Vice President, I am
by virtue of the PDP constitution, a member of the
party’s Board of Trustees and its National Executive
Committee. However, I am not invited to the
meetings of those organs nor consulted on their
decisions, apparently because I dared to exercise
my right to contest in the party’s primary election
for a chance to be its flag-bearer in the 2011
elections. We have, therefore, concluded that that
party cannot be redeemed. In short the PDP has
abandoned Nigerians, the very people who gave it
life and many electoral victories.
“More worrisome though is the danger posed to the
continued existence of this country by this culture of
impunity and arbitrariness. We continue to have
threats from officially protected political extremists.
Increasingly our people are recklessly being divided
along the lines of religion, ethnicity and region for
political gains. Our history and that of many other
countries in Africa and Eastern Europe ought to
teach us that this is very dangerous and must stop.
“We can and we must do better. Our people deserve
better.
“It is against this background that we should
understand the visit by the leaders of the APC and
their invitation to me to join hands with them to
save the country. Consequently, I have been
consulting my supporters and associates, my family
and friends for the past few weeks. My decision
may not satisfy some of my friends and associates.
In the end, however, I have to put the interest of our
country first. This country has done so much for me
personally and it deserves all that we can do to help
rebuild it and serve our people better.
“Following this extensive consultative process, I
have, therefore, decided to cast my lot with the APC,
a party of change committed to the improvement of
the lives of our people and to the continued
existence and development of Nigeria as one
indivisible country. My resignation letter as a
member of the PDP will be delivered to the party
tomorrow.
“This is the right decision. As in 2006 it is the
struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and
service to my country and my people that are
driving my choice and my decision. Let me
emphasize that this is not about me. We have to
have a country before people can aspire to lead it,
but as it is today we may be losing this country.
That is not acceptable.
“I encourage my political associates and friends to
register and join the APC once the registration
exercise commences, so that together we can
change this country for the better.
“The process of building a nation, of securing and
deepening democracy is indeed difficult. And it is
not a lineal process. There would be alignment and
realignment of political forces. There would be ups
and downs and zig-zags, triumphs and challenges.
Amidst all that, patriots must remain focused and do
what has to be done to save and build the country
and serve our people better.
“That is what I have decided to do. I will do all
within my God-given powers to help the APC win
elections all over Nigeria and bring true change to
our country and its long-suffering people.
“Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

Author: NewsAdmin

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