Atiku disowns 120 groups defecting to PDP

A former Vice President and chieftain of the All progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, has denied knowledge of the groups of politicians who announced their defection to the PDP from the APC.

Atiku said in a statement by his media office in Abuja that he remains a committed member of the APC and urged that the purported defections of these groups be discountenanced.

A total of 120 so-called pro-Atiku support groups on Tuesday defected from the APC to the PDP.

They dumped the APC for the ruling PDP at an elaborate ceremony held at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

However, in a reaction, Turaki Vanguard, the umbrella group of Mr. Atiku’s supporters said members of the 120 groups were not supporters of the former vice president.

The National Publicity Secretary of Turaki Vanguard, Soji Bamidele, told PREMIUM TIMES that the defectors were not Mr. Atiku’s loyalists as they claimed.

“They are faceless groups, we don’t know them,” he said.

Mr. Bamidele, who confirmed that Mr. Atiku was being wooed back into the party, said the former vice president “is not shifting ground and will never go back to the PDP”.

Mr. Atiku was a member of the PDP before decamping to the APC in 2014. He however failed to pick the presidential ticket of the party, losing to Muhammadu Buhari, who is flying the party’s ticket in the March 28 presidential election.

While the groups were being received at the Yar’Adua centre, Atiku was attending a meeting with Mr. Buhari and media representatives.

Peter Ogar, national coordinator of Renaissance for Socio-political Transformation of Nigeria, who spoke on behalf of the groups, said they decided to return to the PDP as there was no alternative to President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said after critically analysing the president’s development programmes, the groups came to the conclusion that they surpassed all those executed by previous governments in the country.

“We have understood the event of December 10, 2014, wherein our able leader, the Turakin Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was, through a gang up, denied us and indeed Nigerians the chance to have a true option in the forthcoming presidential election,” Mr. Ogar said.

“Accordingly, we had to take time to analyse the inner workings of the current administration under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and came to the conclusion that outside the Turaki, there is no better candidate within any opposition political party, hence the need for a rethink and strategic political repositioning for the sake of our great country, Nigeria.”

Receiving the defectors, the National Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, assured them that they were now in the right party.

“Today, you have decided to return, you have equal rights with any other member of the party who have been there for a long time,” Mr. Secondus said. “You are free to engage in any party activities especially at this time when we are campaigning and election coming on the 28th.

“There would have been no better time for you to show and to declare your support for the party and our candidate, Jonathan. The rally point today is Jonathan; he is the symbol of Nigerian unity.”


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  • David Adeniran

    So the fake product seller Jonathan has now formed a parallel Atiku Group?

  • Maimunat Tambuwal

    Mr Atiku you don’t need to disown them because they are not you children, they suddenly realize that APC is a party of lies and has nothing to offer our great nation. I finally believe in PDP, GEJ AND HIS TRANSFORMATION CONTINUITY. #gej4naija

    • progress

      Mr 419ner stop using my sisters picture. Mumu!

      • Maimunat Tambuwal

        So you are claiming that am your sister. Please sorry I cant have a brother that don’t know how to talk to people

        • Mallama A

          Why are u using an American’s pic? Do u know u could be sued for identity theft? Why are u claiming to be who u’re not? A man hiding under the fake name Maimunat Tambuwal? Ha!ha!ha! You see how u exposed urself, the same way Wendel Simlin alias Reno did? U guys are becoming so desperate by the day-pity!!!!!!

      • Mallama A

        She is a He using an American model’s pic as profile. Desperate loafers!

    • Zirem

      You still don’t know difference from between Media caption and the real thing abi?

      • Maimunat Tambuwal

        You that knows please enlighten me

  • Maimunat Tambuwal

    Kudos to the 120 groups for finally defecting to PDP, the ruling party. APC your failure is sure come march 28. #gej4naija

    • The truth is ugly

      FAKE PARODY ACCOUNT!!!! BUSTES

      We know you by your names and comments, soon we will publish your user handles so that people you know how deceptive you are. Bearing fake names and fake pictures

      • Maimunat Tambuwal

        Jobless fellow, if you don’t know what to do, abeg go sleep

        • The truth is ugly

          Hahahaha look who is speaking, you dont have a life. They paid you to hate on people which is the worst job ever. It takes alot of energy to hate and you are wasting such energies on internet just fabricating lies against north and muslims. For me I comment in my own free time when I want and where I want unlike you if you dont comment you will lose your job. Fake people, fake humor. Be smart next time and talk in a logical manner so that people can believe you not this straight attack. Your state of mind says it all. Everything about you is fake starting from your name and your picture. Imagine maimuna tambuwal , what a joke @HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH@ Buhari is winning iSwear

  • Maitama Tambari

    Stage managed after President Jonathan’s visit to Atiku over the week end, 120 were gathered, three days logistic arrangement, at Shehu Musa Yar Adua Centre, another arrangement to tarnish these families, to endorse President Jonathan, on Tuesday. Only hungry people defect a week or two before election. Only fools would believe this illogical arrangement. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • Essence

    The APC boat is slowly and steadily sinking. Some wise heads are jumping out before drowning. This is how the cookies crumble. You can’t biuld something on nothing.

  • Guest

    Everyone knows GEJ is the latest MAGA in town and many also wanna have share of it before he will sent packing in less than 2 weeks, Many defecting at this eleventh hour is just to get the share of the billions MAGA is paying, Jona is a goner…i wish he will end up in Otueke but as it seems now he may end up in ICC….

  • praha12

    any reasonable and sensible person knows GEJ is the latest MAGA in town and many also wanna have share of it before he will sent packing in less than 2 weeks, Many defecting at this eleventh hour is just to get the share of the billions MAGA is paying, Jona is a goner…i wish he will end up in Otueke but as it seems now he may end up in ICC….

    • Zirem

      You got it right, this is just the case of MAGA paying.

  • Hamza Kanu

    I’ll completely agree with the PDP national deputy chairman Prince Uche Secondus, that those who just decamped have equal right in the party affairs as those who have been in the party for long. A party defined by equality.

  • Baba Jada

    This is the pinnacle of desperation, a whole president reduced to begging somebody he chased out of the party to return. Kudos to Atiku for distancing himself from this mess.

  • MushinSpeaks

    They can even form groups and announce they are pro Tinubu; they will always fail. The CHANGE we need will surely come.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Atiku Abubakar has said it that he will never return to the PDP as the party is beyond redemption and it has become a party of those who took Nigeria for granted and hopefully they will allow him to rest all what we are looking for is change and it has come. Nigeria needs change. Those who are desperate will never see the light of the day.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    What a moment in time! Not to worry. This time too shall pass away!!

    • King Andy

      Why wont he deny the group now? Those young literates and articulated Nigerians know where their interest will be better off. Jonathan is the answer and he we will prove that to those who are yet to realize the stuff apc is made up of.

      • SAM .A

        These your young ,articulate Nigerians interest will better be served by a traveller & a sojourner to be in ICC , Hague.

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  • Sambo Ibrahim

    Just few days left and the winner will emerge. Our own man the God – ordained president, The sent transformer of this great nation, he is no other person than Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Let all who support GEJ rejoice….

    • nowayyy

      May God rebuke your request, AMEN

  • Sambo Ibrahim

    Atiku should know that by now there is absolutely nothing he can offer nigerians, were was he when God made Goodluck the president? It’ll dawn on him and his men when GEJ will emerge winner

  • Aminu Baba

    Could it be Atiku, like the true Cameleon that he is, decided to do a double shuffle by sending these groups as advanced party. We recall not too long ago, the adoption by PDM, Atiku’s political umbrella, of Jonathan as their presidential candidate. Also the fact that Atiku held a secret meeting with Jonathan just before this event further validates our speculation. Readers would recall that it was in this kind of hypocritical meeting that Femi Fani Kayode was converted to a GEJite. Atiku wants to enjoy the best of both worlds. I advice the APC to start firming up a contingency plan to quickly fill up void when Atiku goes back where he truly belongs