Why I can’t decide on APC now – Atiku

Buhari, Tinubu, Ribadu, others invite the former vice president to join the APC.

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said on Wednesday that he would consult with his associates before deciding whether or not to join the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Abubakar stated this when the leaders of the APC visited him at his Abuja home to formally invite him to join the party.

“I have given them an indication that I will call a meeting of all my stakeholders across the country and we will take a decision and tell the press,” Mr. Abubakar told journalists after the meeting.

The opposition leaders who thronged the former vice president’s home were the interim National Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; his deputy, Aminu Masari; former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari; former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu; former Abia State Governor, Ogbonnaya Onu; and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu.

Also on the delegation were the Borno State Governor, Ibrahim Shettima, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Senators Kabiru Gaya and George Akume.

Mr. Abubakar, who is currently a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was a member of the Action Congress, AC, before he was granted waiver in 2011 to return to the PDP, where he was a presidential hopeful.

He was the presidential candidate of the AC, which later became Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, before the party joined the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to merge into APC this year.

He also identified with the defunct New PDP upon its birth on August 31, but played a low profile role in nurturing it before it finally fused into APC last month.

The former vice president said he had been with some members of the APC delegation which visited him for about 24 years, adding that they struggled together to install democracy in Nigeria.

According to him, he and those he referred to, had a responsibility to his generation and those yet unborn.

Stating that he was a strong advocate of a two-party system, Mr. Abubakar praised the APC leaders for floating what he called “a long expected great party,” adding that it (APC) had true internal democracy that would satisfy the yearning and aspirations of its members.

“As strong as the Africa National Congress (ANC) is, its internal democracy is unparallel. I have seen where there is healthy competition without bitterness.

“If the South Africans faced Apartheid, Nigeria is facing colonialism, the struggle has been long for the enthronement of democracy,” Mr. Abubakar said.

Earlier, Mr. Akande explained that the APC leaders decided to visit Mr. Abubakar because the country was being rubbished and that the party felt it was necessary to ask like-minds to rise up and save it.

He added, “All of us that met here were comrades in politics from time to time, we only met today to cement that comradeship, and all is well cemented and we are moving together to work for this country.”

Also speaking, Mr. Buhari said, “we have been visiting others like the G7 governors, we have all visited former heads of state, and we intend to visit former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo any time he is available to ask for understanding and brief him on why we formed the APC.

“I think Atiku has spoken to you about what we discussed with him now, but he said he will get back to us later.”

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