Nigeria2015: I don’t mind sacrificing my ambition for APC’s growth – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Atiku says Nigeria is in dire need of change.

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said on Monday in Sokoto that he would sacrifice his ambition for the growth of his new party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Abubakar made the declaration when he paid a courtesy call on the governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko.

“All of us are now willing to set aside our individual ambitions so as to build a formidable APC,” he said. “So, for now, we are not talking about how to pursuing our selfish political aspirations. We are collectively working to ensure the growth of the APC.”

Mr. Abubakar announced on Sunday that he dumped Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the opposition party.

He said he defected to the APC after nationwide consultations with his political associates.

“Over 80 per cent of my political supporters are in support of my defection to the APC,” he added.

The former vice president said that Nigeria was in dire need of change, and commended the people of Sokoto State for rallying behind him always. He stated that he got the highest number of votes from the state delegates during the 2011 PDP presidential primaries, when he challenged and lost the party’s ticket to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former vice president, 1999- 2007, said the APC leadership was committed to building a strong and united party.

Responding, Mr. Wamakko said that the APC’s struggle was aimed at salvaging the North and Nigeria in general. The governor urged leaders of the party to put Nigeria first and not their individual ambitions.

“I am appealing to you not to repeat the costly blunders of 2011 in order to achieve our vision and mission of salvaging Nigeria,” he added. Mr. Wamakko said that such patriotism and political sagacity were required to build a stronger APC that would emerge victorious in 2015. He said that Nigerians needed a united country where the citizens are equal stakeholders.

“Good governance cannot thrive where there is no social justice and respect for the rule of law. Nobody should be seen to be above the law, and corruption must be squarely tackled without minding whose ox is gored,” he said.

Mr. Wamakko said that God did not make a mistake by creating Nigerians with diverse religious and ethnic differences.

Although he is yet to announce his ambition, Mr. Abubakar is expected to challenge other potential aspirants for the presidential ticket of the APC in 2015. Apart from challenging President Jonathan for the PDP ticket in 2011, Mr. Abubakar had in 2007 contested for president on the platform of the defunct Action Congress, after leaving the PDP a year earlier. He lost the election to the PDP’s candidate, late President Umaru Yar’Adua. He later rejoined the PDP in 2009. (NAN)


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    Atiku seems to have learnt a lot of lessons in the past few years of his on-now, off-now PDP membership. He talks more maturely and realizes that individual ambition cannot supersede national aspiration. This is a good sign for the Turaki! He may yet realize his own personal ambition.

  • Mani_Kay

    The truth is that Atiku has already started campaigning for the 2015 Presidential ticket of APC and that is the reason for his visit to Sokoto State.

    • redeem

      According to Atiku–(For any one still harbouring any doubts about my return to our great party, the PDP, let me assure that I am back for real and in it for the long run.
      According to Hope For Nigeria, Atiku added that, “to those my supporters in Adamawa and elsewhere yet to make good their return to the PDP, I urge them to come back home and rejoin us in the bid to make good things happen in our dear country.” Atiku Abubakar at AUN Founder’s Day on Friday Nov 19, 2010.9 Now Nko–Friends today enemies tomorrow-No principles–joro jara joro-

      • beddy chibs

        He is gone to rock the APC ship and don’t tbe surprised that Atiku will make a u-turn in less than one year time.

    • danjuma

      Adam oshiomole saiD Atiku can not just come to APC and become a god father but a back bencha

      • sir Oscie

        Atiku is not seeking to be a godfather but party member who wants to help in building the party.

    • sir Oscie

      Is he not a Nigerian? Cant he travel without you attaching another meaning to it?

  • Afam

    Responding, Mr. Wamakko said that the APC’s struggle was aimed at salvaging the North and Nigeria in general.

    Adding Nigeria to your talk is to make it look as if it is for the good of whole Nigerians..It is a big lie…All you defectors are doing so to achieve the Northern agenda..Born to rule mentality.

    • Bala R

      Is GEJ not promoting South south agenda with over 80% of all Nigerian projects in the Delta?

      • Soulman

        Where is the money used for the projects coming from, dick head!?

        • Adamu

          I am a northerner but let say the truth, the money is from the south-south which bayelsa contributes the largest.

    • sir Oscie

      You are truly not a Nigerian…
      With this your tribal and regional mentality am very sorry for your off springs.

    • Angryman

      APC is nothing but North and muslim
      That is their creed
      Don’t believe whatever else they say

  • AboubakarAlahmad

    I do hope VP Aboubakar will play the game softly with no mistakes.I challenge the progressives to put Buhari forward in the 2015 presidential race for our efforts to not only yield fruits but to see the light of the day,as Allah pleases.
    However,I warn all of us to be mindful of what the south west did to the EFCC man for ditching him in favour of the man from the creek while the region overwhelmingly voted for the ACN in other elections.I fear a repercussion!And for the north,any person in lieu of Buhari,APC should forget the Presidential Villa;as Allah pleases!-Tafidan DDAJI.

    • e_orpheus

      I believe Buhari is in many ways principled, a hardliner who will certainly not tolerate most of the corruption and filth that flows through government today. But the man is more than 70 years old and a lot of things he is quoted as saying more recently pass him as being perhaps a shade outmoded, retro. Let him take a bow, remain in the background and give guidance to someone younger.
      Atiku is of questionable character. He passes as lacking in morals, lacking in the substance that is needed for one who should be President of Nigeria. He can jump parties as much as he wants, if that’s his thing, but shame on APC if he’s ever given a sensitive position in government. He may be left to smoulder in the background, as his ultimate loyalty remains questionable.
      We have very serious problems in Nigeria right now, and we need very serious people to solve them. This isn’t the time for sentiments (ethnic, religious, etc), half measures and talk, this is the time to rally behind and around people who have shown focus and principle and remain determined to realise the goal of righting of our dear country.
      Who are these people? I’m waiting and watching, most of them are yet to emerge.

  • beddy chibs

    Please APC give the presidential ticket to Buhari and the vp ticket to ATIKu.That is the only way forward for APC because PdP needs strong challenge.Thanks

    • Soulman

      Go back to bed and re-think…

      • Mani_Kay

        I think it should be APC Presidential ticket to Atiku and the Vice Presidential ticket to Buhari.

        This structure will give Buhari the opportunity to do what he knows how to do best ………… that is, the opportunity to plan a coup and overthrow Atiku in the course of time.

        • Asba

          Shallow brain, Buhari has never been part of any coup. Come which uniform are you wearing? Niger Guard.

  • Muhammaad Ibrahim Safiy

    well come to our great party, but uust know that GMB IS OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

    • redeem

      His threats during the campaign for the 2011 elections incited widespread violence in the North after he lost. His supporters went on a rampage; looting and killing; in spite of the fact that, by all accounts, the elections were adjudged the most free and fair in the history of Nigeria’s current democratic experiment. By the time the mayhem had subsided, over 1000 people had been slaughtered in cold blood and some 65,000 displaced.

      Forgetting that a statement made in Hausa would readily be translated into English, Buhari later declared unapologetically in a BBC interview: “If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.” These are the tokens of an irresponsible politician, whose ambitions for power supersede the national interest. Who then are the dogs and baboons that Buhari has in mind to soak in blood if and when he loses yet again come 2015? Are they his children or are they those of others?

      With the Boko Haram insurgency in the north, Buhari played to the Northern gallery yet again, calling the Jonathan government “the biggest Boko Haram.” Wole Olaniyi was a fly in the wall at a meeting in Kano Government House designed to persuade PDP rebel governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to decamp to the APC. Assuming that only Northerners were present, Buhari declared the Boko Haram was a “strategic plan” by the government of Goodluck Jonathan to “destroy the North.” When Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states, Buhari still saw this with Northern goggles, insinuating that the President is waging war on the North.

    • sir Oscie

      That is not what we should be talking about now… please dont bring this your PDP mentality to our progressive party. Think of the people and not your selfish or personal ambitions.

  • Babatoks

    I’d have preferred and respected him more if he had said ” I don’t mind sacrificing my ambition for Nigeria’s growth and progress”. And he should stop saying he has “ambition”. Such word is dated and unfashionable.

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  • Adamu

    Politics without ideology but greed will always result in defection for eternity.