Nigerians across works of life and political divides have been reacting to the decision of former President Atiku Abubabar to resign from All Progressives Party and return to the main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party, a party he dumps four years ahead of 2015 election.
The reaction was because while he was leaving the PDP, he claimed that it no longer aligned to the principle of equity, democracy and social justices upon which they founded it.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has described the return of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a welcomed development.
Ekeremadu, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichukwu, on Sunday, was reacting to the defection of the former vice president from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP. He said that the move had rekindled hope not only for the party, but the nation’s democracy.
“I urge all former PDP faithful who left for various reasons as well as other progressive-minded Nigerians to emulate Alhaji Atiku. ”They should reunite under the umbrella to salvage the nation because I see a new and better Nigeria coming in 2019. “I see a country where corruption will be eradicated, a nation that will be a pride to Africa and admiration of the international community.
Chairman of Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Chief Paul Unongo, has stated that former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar jumps from one party to the other because he has nothing to offer Nigeria as a president.
He said “What has Atiku got to offer Nigeria? Atiku would be in one party for two hours and he would abandon it and join another one for three hours and when he does not get what he wants, he jumps into another party. And now he is like saying Atiku must be president, Atiku must be president of Nigeria. There is no single person in Nigeria that must be president. I think money tries to make some people mad; they think they can buy anything they want and everybody.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s official rejoining of the party as a “welcome development.” The PDP praised Mr. Abubakar’s defection in a press release signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, and published on Sunday.
In its press release, the PDP urged others who have defected from the PDP to “return home,” while encouraging dissatisfied members of the APC and other parties to join the PDP.
“We are equally extending our invitation to all those in the APC who are frustrated by the party’s failure to deliver the goods,” Mr. Adeyeye said. “Anyone who is desirous of a return to the era of abundance and freedom under the PDP administration is welcome. The umbrella is big enough to accommodate all.”
Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Pally Iriase, has said that former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was unfair to Nigerians when he said he resigned from the All Progressives Congress, APC, due to failed promises of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
According to him, “Buhari took over government at a time when the oil price crashed so there is no way he could have performed a miracle. Some politicians will tell lies when they want to justify their actions. What Atiku said does not make sense to me. Look at all these billions that are being trailed, they are in the hands of Nigerians.
“Mr President lamented the other day that when he was in the military, once you were known to be a thief, he would bundle you into the prison then from there you would prove whether you were clean or not. But this time, when you see a thief looting and going away with your money, they will tell you he is innocent until proved guilty by the court. He said you could see his dilemma. So you can see what is happening.”
The APC United Kingdom on its Twitter handle has said “Your best reference when you seek a new position is your former boss (employer)” while referring to what Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said about Atiku Abubakar ahead of 2015 Presidential Election.
"Your best reference when you seek a new position is your former boss (employer)" – @rofasanten.
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) December 4, 2017
The return of the former Vice President @atiku to our great Party the @OfficialPDPNig is a welcome development. We are glad that he has realized the unbridled lies/deceit of his fomer Party, @APCNigeria. Again, we call on all our members still in APC to return home. pic.twitter.com/PtwBfbawXW
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) December 3, 2017
Just watched @atiku, the next President of Nigeria, #Atikulately announcing he would return to my party, the @OfficialPDPNig. We in the PDP already have a good retirement package for President @MBuhari. Time to #ChangeTheChange pic.twitter.com/N697uEz5ye
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) December 3, 2017
People always ask “what did he do when he was in power”, and it’s just funny how they forget Obasanjo shut him out from 2002, for many reasons, including his opposition of baba’s 3rd term agenda. If not for the likes of Atiku, Obasanjo will probably still be your president.
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) December 3, 2017