Buhari Sympathises with APC Over Exit of Atiku

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sympathised with the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the exit of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the party.
Buhari gave his sympathy during the inauguration of the Ama Pepple-led National Minimum Wage Committee, Monday.
During the event, Buhari suddenly turned to Odigie-Oyegun and said, “Accept my sympathy for losing a senior member of your party.”
Although he did not mention any name, it was obvious that the President was referring to Atiku Abubakar, who announced his resignation from the APC on Friday.
The former Vice President was one of those who contested the party’s presidential ticket ahead of the 2015 general elections and lost to Buhari.
Buhari and his spokesmen had avoided speaking on Atiku’s exit since the news broke on Friday.
In his resignation letter, the former Vice President said he left the APC because he could not “reconcile” himself with the ruling party’s dismal performance.
The resignation letter was addressed to the ward Chairman of the APC in Jada 1, Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The letter dated October 18, 2017, read in part: “I wish to inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress in this ward with effect from the date of this letter.
“I’m resigning from a party we formed and worked so hard, with fellow compatriots across the country, to place in government.
“I had hope that the APC government would make improvements to the lives of our people and the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible nation. This hope has now been dashed.
“I’m unable to reconcile myself with the dismal performance of the party in government, especially in relation to the continued polarisation of our people along the ethnic and religious lines, which is threatening our unity more than any other time in the recent past, and the unbearable hardship that our people are currently undergoing.
“Let me emphasise again that this is not about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead it.
“While wishing you well, let me express the hope that in the near future, a substantial number of you will join forces with us to, once again, defeat impunity, and restore vision and purpose to the politics of our great country.”

Author: News Editor

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