APC reacts to Atiku’s exit from party

Atiku Abubakar endorsed by Adamawa APC
File photo of Atiku Abubakar and to his left is Adamawa Governor, Jibrilla Bindow

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to Atiku Abubakar’s decision to leave the party. The ruling party said Mr. Abubakar’s exit was informed by his personal political interest, a calculation the party understands.

“The former vice president found that his interests would be better served elsewhere and he decided based on that,” party’s spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Friday afternoon.

Mr. Abubakar, vice president from 1999-2007, announced his exit from the APC Friday morning, railing against what he described as the party’s shortcomings in the area of internal democracy and social co-existence.

He said the APC has failed to deliver on its promises to Nigerians who have long been desperate for improved economic interventions.

Mr. Abubakar, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, joined the APC in early 2014, barely a few months after the party was established to challenge the then ruling PDP.

On Friday, he did not immediately say which party he’ll move to next, but suggestions are rife that he has concluded plans to join the PDP.

Mr. Abubakar’s move has drawn mixed reactions from Nigerians.

The APC welcomed the development, although the party lamented the loss of one of its most formidable political heavyweights.

“No party would be happy to see its leaders depart, but politics is all about interest,” Mr. Abdullahi said.

The APC said the development calls for some reflections.

“While it is true that we’ve lost some politicians, we’ve also been having incomers,” Mr. Abdullahi said. “But it would help us to look internally and address areas that require attention.”


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  • Solomon Brown

    It is time for some meaningful opposition against the ineptitude of the last two years, Atiku’s exit is sending shivers down the spine of APC’s leadership, as the party continues on its downward spiral towards self destruction. Mr Abdullahi thinks welcoming lightweights like Musliu Obanikoro into the party can somehow make up for all the defections his party continues to experience, the die is cast and the mantra from here onwards will be, anyone but Buhari. Tinubu can continue speaking with a forked tongue, instead of putting his foot down and flexing some of his political muscle like Atiku has done, the promise of appointing more ministers to pacify the dissatisfied wing of their party might turn out to be an empty one, every wise politician should have a contigency plan. Let the games begin!

    • Joshua Kwame


    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      If you are not a Nigerian, note that Atiku has no any political muscles to flex. Nigerians saw him in PDP, then to ACN, back to PDP, later to APC. And now?
      Still the same Nigeria.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Jonathan’s PDP was reasoning with this your type of cap on, they became history. Continue to encourage BOOhari’s APC to it’s implosion, it can only benefit the average Nigerian… at least, i hope

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          Buhari has never been a push over in Nigerian politics. In spite of being rigged out, check his performance in Presidential elections of 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Your optimism will perish.

          • Tunji Olarewaju

            Boohari has always been a push over in Nigerian politics from 2003, stop deceiving yourself about his been rigged out, not until the masses, including my humble self, bought into his ideals 2015 (you can check my precious posts to confirm this).We that truly loved him won’t stop critiquing his administration until he puts his house in order. Alot of his supporters are not dogmatic about him, or any other policians for that matter. The PDP equally believed in their invincibility until they “perished ” with their “optimism “

          • Musa M. Dantsoho

            There don’t seem any material facts in support of the argument that Buhari has always been a push over in Nigerian politics from 2003. Yes, the masses has been and still are with him, but not the type of social media masses who speak what they don’t really meant.
            So, with or without your posts, Buhari would still have won in 2015. The deceptive assertion ‘including my humble self’ could only impress your insignificant followers in the forum.

            In another respect, it is mere demonstration of ignorance of some sort arguing that a lot of Buhari supporters are not dogmatic about him. If that was true, there wouldn’t have been your types in the forum who considered it a duty castigating and disparaging his person on daily basis. Obviously, nothing about critique in those type of posts that came my way.

            So far, only PDP apologists are bewildered and bitter as the party perished. Because there would be no more easy money for the beleaguered parasitic political jobbers.

            Still, sincere patriotic Nigerians are keeping faith with APC and Buhari.

      • Solomon Brown

        Speak for yourself Dantosho. The political landscape needs a-do-over, we the people want real leaders who have our best interests at heart, not the sectional leader we have to put up with.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Speak for yourself next time you consider writing “we people”, Solomon.

          You don’t speak for me on this matter.

          • Solomon Brown

            When I said “we the people” I wasn’t referring to APC minions like you , who live in an alternate reality. Of course you weren’t included.

        • tundemash

          Kid, is Atiku that leader u need ? And who asked u to speak for the people while u castigate others from doing same ?

          • Solomon Brown

            Please if u want to engage me, you should atleast know what you are talking about.

        • Musa M. Dantsoho

          Was it not true, Atiku kept moving from one party to the other? A politician with muscles of some sort hardly makes such unnecessary movements.

  • Joshua Kwame

    Very matured and polite response unlike Evang Lai Muh’d. What an humble response!

  • atakamosu

    I’ll keep on saying it,2019 will bring change for Nigeria. APC and PDP are no different, recycled politicians.

  • OJpo


  • Solomon Brown

    Lmao! You are the chief bootlick Kay. We must wean ourselves of this born to rule mentality, a vote for Buhari is continuing in that tradition.

  • Moneyz N Horseyz

    Atiku is 3 (THREE) master strokes away from being the president of Nigeria come 2019. All he needs are eggheads and unbiased political advisers to identify the master strokes.