PDP Commends Abubakar for Courage to Defect, He Left for Personal Ambition, Says APC

As reactions continue to trail the exit of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Friday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the erstwhile chieftain of the APC for the courage to defect from a party he helped midwifed.
The PDP group, under the aegis of ‘Why It Must Be PDP in 2019′ (WIMBPDP2019)’, disclosed that more than four million red cards are available to drive the APC away in 2019.
National coordinator of the group, Chinedu Eya, said that Atiku Abubakar was not satisfied, like other Nigerians with APC government, hence the decision to resigned his membership of the party.
He described WIMBPDP as a grass root campaign mobilization for the PDP in 2019, even as he appealed to Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to come together to oust the ruling party.
Eya further appealed to Nigerians to get their PVCs to make their red cards valid, adding that with their PVCs, PDP will come back and provide better governance.
He said: “The former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, did not resign but gave the APC a red card because he is not satisfied and felt the party is not running a worthy government.
“The PDP is the home of Atiku and he will be warmly welcome back to the party.”
Atiku Abubakar had earlier resigned from the APC siting unfulfilled promises on the part of the ruling party as one of the reasons for defecting.
Meanwhile, the APC has said Atiku Abubakar’s decision to leave the party was informed by his personal political interest, a calculation the party understands.
“The former Vice President found that his interests would be better served elsewhere and he decided based on that,” party’s spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, said Friday afternoon.
A founding member of the PDP, the former VP joined the APC in early 2014, barely a few months after the party was established to challenge the then ruling PDP.
Although, he did not immediately say which party he will move to next, but suggestions are rife that he has concluded plans to join the PDP.
The APC welcomed the development, although the party lamented the loss of one of its most formidable political heavyweights.
“No party would be happy to see its leaders depart, but politics is all about interest,” Abdullahi said.
The APC said the development calls for some reflections.
“While it is true that we have lost some politicians, we have also been having incomers.
“But it would help us to look internally and address areas that require attention,” he said.
However, Abdullahi said the APC is yet to receive a letter of resignation from the former Vice President.
Abdullahi said that the APC leadership had not seen any formal notification on the purported resignation, adding, however, that “based on what we have seen in the social media, we can say that it is surprising”.
“For us, politics is all about interest, so, if the former Vice President feels that his interest is better served elsewhere, we don’t have any issues with that.
“We can always wish him good luck. For us, the task of building a political party is not a day’s job; it is a marathon.
“And it takes many years and we will continue to improve our system to get the kind of party we want to really build,” Abdullahi said.

Author: News Editor

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