What Atiku said during visit to PDP headquarters in Abuja


Frank, who was reacting to the recent defection of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku from APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement on Monday, noted that some of them who left the former ruling party have now realised that the ruling APC was worse than the PDP.

Mr. Abubakar arrived at the the secretariat at about 12 noon accompanied by a large number of supporters.

He thanked the Makarfi-led committee for working hard to unite the party, appreciating those who stood fast, never decamped even when it was nearly hopeless for the PDP.

Makarfi, who stated this at the inauguration of PDP National Convention Planning Committee, headed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, ‎yesterday, in Abuja, said the ex-VP never asked for any concession from the caretaker committee prior to his return to the party on Sunday.

Alhaji Abubakar, who made the call today, when he visited PDP headquarters in Wuse, Abuja insisted that PDP remained the only party in Nigeria with achievements that are record breaking.

"Over the years, like any or every human organisation, it has faced its challenges but I want to pay tribute to those who have stayed steadfast through thick and thin to see us through to this point".

"Now that we have learnt our lessons, I hope that we will be guided by the lessons we have learnt".

He returned to the PDP only to lose the party's primary election for the 2011 presidential election to the eventual victor, Goodluck Jonathan.

Atiku meets Makarfi at PDP secretariat

"Though the truth is bitter, but I will continue to sacrifice myself in speaking the truth because I know I am speaking the minds of a lot of members who can not speak out".

‎Atiku calls for sacrifices, understanding and compromises but assured the he would not compromise internal democracy process in a given political party.

He urged him to continue to contribute in reinventing and remodeling of the party so that it could reclaim Aso Rock in 2019.

"It is saddening but interesting the way politics is played out in Nigeria because here we are, people leaving the comfort zone of government and the corridors of power to the opposition party should signal danger to those leading the ruling party". What we want are people who can help us win elections and Atiku is one of them.

"We are glad he has returned to the party which gave him the opportunity to vie for positions both as a governor and as a vice-president".

Makarfi, in his remarks, said that Atiku's return would open the floodgates for more high profile returnees and new entrants into the PDP.

"So, PDP must be prepared for this, and be ready to reconcile and reiterate in such a way and manner that everybody will be treated and given a level-playing field to purse his or her personal aspiration".