Atiku joins PDP

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar has formally joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, more than a week after he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The former vice-president made the announcement on Facebook within the last hour.

He said the complaints he had with the PDP, under which he was vice-president from 1999-2007, had been resolved, laying the groundwork for his return.

Mr. Abubakar is expected to contest the 2019 presidential election.

Below is a statement from Atiku’s media office announcing the development. 

After consultations, Atiku joins PDP

Abuja, Nigeria, 03 November, 2017: Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The announcement on Sunday on Facebook Live followed consultations the former Vice President  hadwith party leaders and stakeholders from across the country.

Please find below transcript of the announcement. Also attached are pictures from the announcement.

“Hello, my name is Atiku Abubakar.

I am speaking to you today on Facebook Live as I want to reach as many of our young people as possible as I have an important announcement to make about the future of Nigeria.

As it is you, our youths, who represent the future of our nation.

I have found in my travels across the country that whenever I get into conversationswith young people their number one concern is whether they will be able to get a job for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or begin a family. 

And without the security of a job we cannot have security in our country. 

So without jobs there is no future for you or for Nigeria.

And I also know as a parent that the older generation is also concerned about jobs for their children and, too often today, for themselves as well.

Creating jobs is something I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirectjobs in my own State of Adamawa. 

And I also know how the Government can help create the right environment for businesses to create jobs.  When I was Vice President in 1999 I was responsible for liberalising the telecomms sector which enabled us to increase the number of people who could access a phone from less than 1 million then to over 100 million today.

This transformation resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs from the top-up card vendors you see on every street corner to the many new businesses that fed off the mobile phone revolution.

Some of you may know that I was elected Vice President under the banner of the PDP, which is the political party I had helped to found some ten years before. 

And some of you may also know that I left the PDP four years ago when I believed it was no longer aligned to the principles of equity, democracy and social justice upon which we had founded it.

I joined the APC as I had hoped it would be the new force that would help improve life for our people and I was excited about the party’s manifesto to create 3 million new jobs a year.

The result has not been the change people had been promised or voted for, as in the last two years almost 3 million Nigerians have lost their jobs.

And today with a record 25% of people aged 18-25 unemployed I can see how difficult it is for our youths to find a job.

The key to creating jobs is a strong economy and that is what we are currently lacking.

So today I want to let you know that I am returning home to the PDP as the issues that led me to leave it have now been resolved and it is clear that the APC has let the Nigerian people, and especially our young people, down.

But rather than giving a long political speech on this matter I thought it would be more helpful to invite you to ask me questions and share with you my answers.  You can post your questions on my Facebook page:facebook.com.atiku.org

I see we have a question from Jide

Sir, how can you know what young people want when you are not a youth?

I meet young people every day. I have children and grandchildren and most of my employees are youths.

The key to knowing what young people want is to listen to them. I’m good at that. Sometimes when I am on the phone with my kids they ask me are you still there, because I just listen to them without interrupting.

Young people are on social media and so I go there. They tell me that their number one challenge is jobs.

Terrorism, militancy, kidnapping, and other forms of exuberance they may lead to criminality are a symptom of the disease of joblessness.

Once you can get Nigeria working again and get Nigerians working again, youth restiveness will ease and gradually disappear.

This question is from Babangida

You have so many businesses and you employ thousands of Nigerians. Would you be able to focus on political leadership when you have such a large business empire?

Well Babangida, you see, leadership must be separated from management. I lead my businesses. I do not manage them. I have qualified managers managing them including some in their early 20s.

As a leader, you provide direction and then you bring in skilled people and inspire them to implement your roadmap to getting to the destination of your direction.

So in answer to your question, I am more into leadership and this gives me the clarity I need to take in the larger picture.

My next question is from Ikechi

The minister of information recently said the PDP will never regain power. Why go back to a party that will never regain power?

Nobody knows the future other than God and to dictate what the future will be is not within man’s purview.

But it is about Nigeria not about power. Power for powers own sake breeds arrogance and arrogance makes men say things like that.

All I am saying is that we need a party that speaks to national sentiments not regional ones. We need a party that can make all Nigerians one till we can boldly say that we are all brothers and sisters with only one motherNigeria.

A question from Favour

Sir what are your views on the #EndSARS movement?

We cannot be outraged that Nigerians and other African migrants are being mistreated in Libya and then we go ahead and mistreat our people back home. I am very abreast with the #EndSARS issue because my young followers on Social Media keep me very much in the loop. 

Whether it is how SARS treats Nigerians or how we treat each other, we are sending a message to the outside world. We can’t expect foreigners to treat our people better than we treat them.

We must set the minimum standard required for the treatment of Nigerians worldwide by the way we treat our people domestically. Our charity must begin at home.

On this issue, I call on the Inspector General of Police as a concerned Nigerian to intervene, and I know that the Nigerian Police as a disciplined and well organized force will take action to address this issue. It will go a long way to improving Nigeria’s rating in the global ranking of Police Forces next year because this year, they were wrongfully ranked as the worst.

Thank you to everyone who asked me a question and I am sorry that time does not permit me to answer each one.  I will be travelling the country in the coming months and will be listening to the concerns of our people in every region.

I came from a humble background and thank God for the opportunities that Nigeria has given me to build a network of successful businesses.

I am dedicated to a Nigeria where everyone lives in a country of opportunity where there are no limits to what they can become.

Good afternoon and thank you for listening.”


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  • Suleiman Alatise

    What is the breaking here, everyone saw it coming.

    • nikoroorire

      The man Atiku has no principle. What a Shame!

      • Tunsj

        He is desperate and most Nigerians know that he can’t be trusted.

        • shakara123

          Yet, we should continue to trust PMB’s woeful performance. Like you said, Keep dreaming

          • Tunsj

            How many years has President Buhari been in office? As usual, people like you want change fast.

          • shakara123

            And so usual, people like you are slow to accept that PMB has failed irredeemably. Keep waiting for the years to pass you by until you finally recognize what others had concluded long ago.
            Look the sooner you get that he cannot perform, the sooner we eject the guy and put in someone else.
            Let’s send the message that failing the Nigerian people will not be rewarded with further loyalty. Either perform or make way for those who can!

          • August January

            Really unfortunate you’re prepared to fall for anything without any scrutiny. I don’t need any oracle to know that Atiku is only using Trump’s campaign strategy: Tell them what they want to hear! While many Americans are already realising Trump scammed them, I know many uncritical Nigerian youths like you will still fall to Atiku with his Trumpism!!!

          • shakara123

            Regardless, I believe he his an improvement over PMB. And unless better candidates than Atiku declare their intentions then he gets my vote over PMB!

          • August January

            A wasted vote indeed!!!

          • shakara123

            Democracy in action. You can continue to waste yours on that irredeemable failure currently residing in the Aso Rock Villa. But please be sure to walk into a crowded street and announce you voted for PMB. But watch what happens next.
            Oh, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell me the outcome.

          • tundemash

            And your destiny looter, Atiku, is the best u can come up with ?

          • shakara123

            Well , unless you yourself are running then maybe I’ll switch my vote. But until better candidates arrive, Atiku is a far better alternative to PMB

      • August January

        Don’t mind him! He’s only using Trump’s campaign strategy: Tell them what they want to hear! While many Americans are already realising Trump scammed, I know many uncritical Nigerian youths will still fall to Atiku with his Trumpism!!!

  • Agba

    Thank God apc ,govt of nepotism finally dead with their leader.

    • tundemash

      Because a desperate serial party changer left ? Are u that delusional kid ?

  • shakara123

    WOOOHOOO!!!! GAME ON!!! APC is about to start sweating profusely.

    • Tunsj

      In your dreams.

      • shakara123

        No shakins…. We shall see

        • Tunsj

          You got that right. We shall see.

        • aisha ani

          Let us not underestimate this man, he may just win.

          • shakara123

            Only by rigging or the gullibility of the people.No right thinking people would tolerate PMB’s performance with another term in office. But it remains to be seen if Nigerians have learned from their experience under PMB’s leadership. We shall see !

          • tundemash

            Like he won a mere primary within a party????

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Sis, not with current Nigerians.

        • tundemash

          Stop blabbing; all you will see is a N1k note to get your vote as you saw at the APC primary where your almighty Atiku came 3rd and it ends there.

          • shakara123

            Keep deceiving yourself by not accepting the reality on ground. Whether you like it or not PMB is in for a tough time.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          It’s called the sorting out of the wheat from the chaff.

          The electorate will have an easier decision to make between the thieves and those who are prepared to work for a better Nigeria.

          Atiku can only appeal to the ‘consume now and pay later’ mentality of lazy Nigerians.

    • Akani

      They were already sweating . Decampment in droves is underway.

  • omooba

    hahahaha!who is ATIKU?even when GEJ was in power with incumbent power,money bags he was defeated let alone ATIKU.
    What we did to GEJ is what will happen to Atiku.I hope they wont say they rig again

  • FineBoy

    Can he answer my question:

    Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, must you be President to bring change and succor for the 18 to 25 years? Dangote is not in Govt.

    Also, if PDP fails to give you Presidential ticket, will you sojourn again or is this your last Bus Stop?

  • Intrepid

    While I don’t trust Atiku, one thing I can vouch for him is that he is going to be a unifier, than the Divider we have now in Aso rock.

    • Olu-Lion

      Just like his legacy party (PDP) unified by looting. The biggest challenge of PMB is his inability to share the money as usual

    • Kallah Bature

      Unifier through falsehood indeed. How can you have a President saying what he knows isn’t true about PMB’s relationship with the US?

    • iwe paul

      So,so true!

    • Akani

      Unified the theives against the poor . Divide and widen the gap between the .095% rich and 99.915% poor.

    • tundemash

      You are right. He will unite you with your destiny looters. Congratulations !

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Of course, the thieves would come together to continue shafting deluded Nigerians.

      What bigger thief than the #AtikulateOne to rally them around?

      He, Atikulate, it was, that first started bribing the #NASS when he wanted Evans Enwerem replaced with the late Chuba Okadigbo.

  • Comfortkay

    How cares if Atiku is the flag bearer of a dead party.

    • PolyGon2013

      PDP is not necessarily dead. We will always need a strong opposition, but not to the extent of obstructing progress though. I am in support of APC. However, I don’t want a one-party state.

      • Comfortkay

        Sir let us wait if Atiku will buy his ways and get support of others.

  • thusspokez

    The PDP is heading for a split. Múmú Nigerians never learn.

  • government

    Oga Atiku,please what issues led to your exit from the PDP and how have they been resolved.

  • thusspokez

    Nigerian politics is nauseating.

  • Samuel Olawale Ola

    Mr ATIKU, THE PDP CREATED THE MILIEU THAT NIGERIA FINDS ITSELF WITH WANTON CORRUPTION THAT HAS DEEPENED THE ECONOMY, MAKING PAYMENT OF SALARIES DIFFICULT NOT TO TALK OF NEW EMPLOYMENT INTO THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE HENCE NO NEW JOB BEING CREATED.
    ARE YOU REALY TRUE TO YOURSELF ON JOB CREATION WITHOUT A STABLE ECONOMY?
    DO YOU REALLY LOVE NIGERIA WHEN YOUR PARTY -PDP WAS UNABLE TO DISCIPLINE ITSELF OF GROSS CORRUPTION AND SELF AGGRANDISEMENT OF THE NATION COMMON MONEY TO THE FEW THEN IN AUTHORITY?
    HAS THE PARTY BEEN KIND ENOUGH TO APOLOGIZE TO THE NATION OF THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF ECONOMY AS REVEALED BY EMBEZZLEMENT BEING BROUGHT INTO LIGHT BY EFCC?
    PLEASE PE PATRIOTIC AND DO NOT PLAY ON THE NEEDS OF THE GULLIBLE YOUTHS TO CAJOLE THEM INTO THINKING THAT YOU ARE ANOTHER ‘MESSIAH’ TO RESCUE THEM.
    GOD BLESS YOU IN BEING TRUTHFUL. GD BLESS NIGERIA.

  • Akani

    Here He comes again! Theif!! From double dipping at Custom to 8years with Obasanjo impunity looting . Remember william Jefferson’s refrigerated dollars ($500,000.00 ) meant for Attiku? These are not enough. Attiku wants more. He will not stop at anything but the presidency. And will stoop to anything for the presidency . Including selling his soul and principles . That is , if he has one. Core Values and Principles matters . You must not compromise and sale your core principles for gold nor convenience. Think if Atiku’s policies as president . Drifting, girating from pole to pole . 180 change in positions at will . Curring favours for cash . This is what we must anticipate from a drifter president, a man willing and ready to sell even his soul for cash.

    • jon

      Check the records: $2.1billion stolen or missing when he was Petroleum minister in 1977. $1.1 billion
      stolen or missing when he was chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund in 1997. Now,
      under his watch, $26 billion stolen or missing under the guise of contract
      award.

      Also, your guy is a radical Islamic fundamentalist.

    • Bassey Frank

      You sound fatigued by foolishness. Who is not a thief and a looter in today Nigeria? Mention him/her/them.

      • Akani

        The Temple is profaned by traders. Jesus chooses a corner and set up s pig stall. Everyone is profaning the temple . Why fight them? It is more convenience to join them and profit from profaning . Grank Bassy the blasphemer, the profaner must have his share . Everyone does it why not him? The hospital are ransacked without even needles . His family members are sickened and die an age 53 . Frank blame it witchcrafts and nit on corruption. His friends are drowning in their way to Europe , Bassey blames it not on lack of employment that is cause by corruption . Bassey blame it on mommy water . Yes , I am fatigue by a Of theives . The woes they lament themselves cause them .

        • Bassey Frank

          You don’t need to exhaust yourself this way. The point is that stealing is going on now and our saintly leaders are pretending; not doing anything about it. Yet we point at those who have been demonized as “looters”. Wake up and be reasonable.

  • Femi Pedro

    The man who truncated the future of the youth with unabated corruption now want to save it with lips service in his twilight years whilst wearing a pacemaker. What an unfunny comic

    • Larry

      Atiku is 100 percent better than the radical Islamic fundamentalist that you guys have now in your Aso Rock. You guys chose wrongly two years ago. So, in 2019, choose wisely. Atiku is a democrat that believes in restructuring. Your guy in Aso rock does not believe in restructuring. He has spent well over $3 billion US dollar (your money) searching for oil in the arid North and he has been hitting dry holes. To him and his Hausa /Fulani, there will be no restructuring until oil is found in the North. In essence, the parasites will not give up using southern resources until oil is found in the North. The governor of Bornu State, Shettima, recently said: “To hell with restructuring – restructuring my foot”. Parasites do not produce. Parasites only consume. Productivity is not in their vocabulary.They believe in welfare state. Handout.

      So, in the next Presidential election, vote for equity, justice and fairness. Vote to devolve power to the states or geopolitical zones. Vote for State Police.

      All over the world, as you move from wet coastal regions to arid desert regions, population decreases. But, in Nigeria, Buhari and his Hausa /Fulani parasites have rewritten the climatic conditions that prevail all over the world so as to corner the wealth of Southern Nigeria to their advantage. And, they did indeed.

      These trends must be reversed. Yes, you can reverse it with your vote. Yes, you can.

      • Femi Pedro

        your guy? I guess where you come from everything has to be personalised including bowing down to known thieves, ritualist and wanted corrupt entities.

        get into the spirit of lively debate and not personalised issues. Give me a good guy with impeccable records and I will campaign for him pronto

    • Bassey Frank

      This is nothing but supreme idiocy!

      • Femi Pedro

        on your part

  • ECCLESIATICA

    Journalists should be alive to their responsibilities and help shape Africa for the future. Unfortunately what you get is sensational reporting without direction or focus. And before you say Jack, Premium Times comes up with serial winners of some awards for Journalism here and there. Whereas the state (Nigeria) gets worse by the seconds. Now lets put it in context. What is the purpose of this story? After this story what next? Would writing Editorials about the ineptitude of Buhari and the APC party in power in their neglect of Manufacturing and Production not be a better way of social responsibility for a news medium? Nigerian President and the bunch of vision-less elements that surround him from so called Professor Osinbajo down the kline are completely bereft of the simple fact that governance is BUSINESS. As a president you are the CEO/MD of the company (Country) and it your inalienable duty to ensure that you make, seal and sign deals for the country in the short and long term. This is what other Presidents of the West do. Nigerian presidents have no clues what leadership is all about. imagine a country like Nigeria with all the Capital from oil and with intelligent, smart and vibrant youth and a population of almost 200 million people have not a single factory owned by the state (Nigeria) where goods are produced for export. Can you imagine that? isn’t that s.t.u.p.i.d.i.t.y? And the journalists don’;t even know it. All they care is sensational stories about one useless Atiku and his useless opponent. Come to China and see production factories the size of Lagos State or the size of Abuja. Mumus!

    • thusspokez

      What is the purpose of this story?

      To inform readers.

      Would writing Editorials about the ineptitude of Buhari and the APC party in power in their neglect of Manufacturing and Production not be a better way of social responsibility for a news medium?

      They are not mutually exclusive. Further, this is not a one-page website; you would find news reports, analysis and comments on a variety of issues. Stop indulging in silly moan.

    • thusspokez

      Nigeria…with intelligent, smart and vibrant youth and a population of almost 200 million people…

      Nigerians are intelligent and smart people? The evidence would contradict you. A country is as smart and good as the people who make up that country.

  • POLLUTION in Niger DELTA

    Oil spills and pollution is killing the Niger Delta people. It is a pure case of environmental terrorism carried out by the Nigerian state with her European and American collaborators.

    Despite the billions of Dollars sold from oil the Niger Delta remains without federal presence. Not a single airport in the whole of Niger Delta has been built by Nigerian government at the center. Maritime University has been technically and deliberately forgotten. This systemic policy to make Niger Delta perpetually underdeveloped why monies from the region is used to provide infrastructure elsewhere in Abuja, Lagos etc must be resisted. Its got to stop.

    Secession from Nigeria is the only sure way to achieving absolute RESOURCE control or we stop the flow of oil money. Nigeria is irredeemable.

    We demand our sovereign state of Niger DELTA

  • Wale Bolodeoku

    The final swan song of a hopelessly corrupt master looter and privatizer of our patrimony. How can you be the redeemer of a people you looted out of existence? Atiku is on an ego trip. Pure and simple.

    • Bassey Frank

      You sound like a dull dog. Who is not corrupt? Please mention just one and let’s dissect him or her.

  • curseless

    Young people don’t allow Atiku to hoodwink you in any shape or form. Like others, he is primarily a political prostitute who want to achieve nothing but having have Presidency attached to his name. While there is nothing wrong with that, his past have shown that he is primarily concerned about himself and his current U turn to his old vomit is for self aggrandizement . If Atiku sees a youth on the road of Nigeria he probably can’t recognize him/her, otherwise let him open his books to Nigerian youth to see if there is anything he has done to empower the youth. 99% of our politicians are shameless buffoons with no integrity and Atiku typifies them.

    • Bassey Frank

      Let the young people jump into the political arena.

      • curseless

        That is what I’m taking about, but these old career politicians will drown them with their ill gotten wealth and I guarantee you many will sell their conscience to the later when they see Naira and Dollar rain.

        • Bassey Frank

          Then, enough of the lamentation.

  • Yusufu Abdullahi

    Yoyo blabla yoyo.

  • Inieke Akpan Ekuma

    And that ends the news in atiku’s political career but before the news caster exit, may I ask, “are these reasons the very one that drove him into APC, if yes when did he correct these ills and was he in APC working for PDP?

  • Bassey Frank

    In the absence of a better effective, real candidate from the North for now, I endorse Atiku. He is more intelligent than …. He is politically sagacious, not tribe-conscious. He can build bridges across the country, not aiming to be local champion. Atiku is not a tribal emperor, neither is he a PRETENTIOUS character. Besides, he is well educated. He will attach his educational credentials as he declares them in INEC documents. He will not claim to be a Saint while shielding corrupt associates and kinsmen. He is articulate and has a better idea than …..

  • shakara123

    Please after you

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    It looks like Atiku has learned from the American politicians.

  • jon

    Atiku is 100 percent better than the radical Islamic fundamentalist that you guys have now in your Aso Rock. You guys chose wrongly two years ago. So, in 2019, choose wisely. Atiku is a democrat that believes in restructuring. Your guy in Aso rock does not believe in restructuring. He has spent well over $3 billion US dollar (your money) searching for oil in the arid North and he has been hitting dry holes.

    To him and his Hausa /Fulani, there will be no restructuring until oil is found in the North. In essence, the parasites will not give up using southern resources until oil is found in the North. The governor of Bornu State, Shettima, recently said: “To hell with restructuring – restructuring my foot”. Parasites do not produce. Parasites only consume. Productivity is not in their vocabulary. They believe in welfare
    state. Handout.

    So, in the next Presidential election, vote for equity, justice and fairness.

    All over the world, as you move from wet coastal regions to arid desert regions, population decreases. But, in Nigeria, Buhari and his Hausa /Fulani parasites have rewritten the climatic conditions that prevail all over the
    world so as to corner the wealth of Southern Nigeria to their advantage. And, they did indeed.

    These trends must be reversed. Yes, you can reverse it. Yes, you can

  • Mr. Abdin

    Atiku has the democratic right to defect to any political party and him moving to the PDP will serve as a good development for the country. As now there will be political balanced of power in the country..