The battle to get former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a definite turn yesterday, as the Adamawa State chapter of the party set up a committee to ensure that Atiku, who left the PDP in acrimonious circumstance twice, returns to the party, preparatory to the 2019 presidential election.
The PDP said it would reach out to Atiku. The state chairman of the chapter, Alhaji Abdulrahman Bobboi, during a news conference in Yola, said the that the former vice president was being under utilised in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and needed to return to PDP where his services were needed.
“Atiku is a founding member of PDP and we want him back; we are not going to give him a breathing space until he comes back as he is currently being underutilised in APC. “We are going to reach out to him right from his ward to come back to PDP,” Bobboi said.
The chairman, who lauded the Supreme Court verdict recognising Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the National Chairman of the party, said PDP would bounce back and wax much stronger.
He said that the party, at the state level, would constitute a reconciliation committee under the chairmanship of former Governor Boni Haruna to bring back all aggrieved members. Bobboi explained that other committees to be constituted include congress committee, convention committee, and disciplinary committee.
He said: “It’s now clear to Nigerians that APC, as a political party, did not prepare to rule Nigeria, but unfortunately they wrestled power from PDP without focusing reason the administration is working with K-leg.”
Bobbo said that the state will give the national working committee of the party necessary cooperation with a view of reviving the party to its old glory. Yesterday, sources within Atiku’s camp said that it was possible the approach by the PDP was not unconnected with the realities of the time in Nigeria.
He said that although it was not clear if formal approaches have been made to Atiku by the PDP, one thing that was clear was that Nigeria currently yearns for leadership, which many believe Atiku could provide. “It is not an Adamawa thing. The quest by the PDP is part of the realities of the times we are in.
There is no doubt that there is a serious leadership gap in the country What I don’t know is if it is an Adamawa thing, which I doubt really. At a time like this, it is not out of place for people to go across board to get people they believe in for leadership. You know Atiku is highly connected and has networks all over the country,” the source said. But contacted last night, Atiku’s spokesman, Mazi Paul Ibe, said he was not aware of any impending movement to the PDP.
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