Two Atiku’s Allies Visit President Buhari

Two allies of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Adamawa State Governor, Jubrilla Bindow and the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, on Tuesday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari, differently.
The meetings were held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, barely four days after Atiku Abubakar resigned his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Atiku’s exit fuelled speculations that his allies were on their way out from APC, but Bindow told State House correspondents after the meeting with President Buhari that he has no plan to leave with Atiku.
However, Alhassan, a known loyalist of Atiku Abubakar, refused to answer questions concerning Atiku’s resignation.
Bindow also said Atiku’s defection could not affect the electoral fortune of the party in the state.
Recall Bindow had in the past openly admitted that the former Vice President, is his ‘godfather’
Also, Alhassan had in September said she would support Atiku against Buhari if the former Vice President expressed interest in the 2019 presidential election. Her statement attracted criticisms, with many calling for her sack.
She is being mentioned among those who may leave the party and join Atiku.
When approached by State House correspondents for her comment on Atiku’s exit, Tuesday, the Minister declined comment.
She had met Buhari shortly after she and and some of her colleagues attended the inauguration of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
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.
In his resignation letter, Friday, the former Vice President said he left the APC because he could not “reconcile” himself with the ruling party’s dismal performance.
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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