Large PDP crowd receives Atiku in Yola

Atiku Abubakar
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who on Friday dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, has arrived Yola to a tumultous welcome by a mammoth crowd of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, supporters.

Mr. Abubakar, who has not disclosed the party he would pursue his thinly-veiled presidential ambition is believed to be considering the PDP, his former party.

Mr. Abubakar, who arrived the Yola International Airport and was welcomed by PDP supporters led by the state and local government executives, later went to pay condolence to the family of one of his close friends, late Adamu Yaro before retiring to his residence.

Speaking on the development, the Adamawa chairman of PDP, Tahir Shehu, said the party was happy with the development and hoped Mr. Abubakar would formally declare for PDP.

“He is one of the founders of the party and we have been looking for him to return to the party; we have been discussing with him for month before this development,” he said.

“PDP is now a better party at all levels and we are looking forward to his joining us formally to further strengthen the party to take over at all levels.

“He (Atiku) just arrived and we accompanied him on a condolence visit to one of his associates’ house, we will allow him to rest before we meet him again for further discussion and persuasion to join us,” Mr. Shehu said.

Reacting to the development, the State Organising Secretary of APC in Adamawa, Ahmed Lawan, said the party ”was not disturbed” by Mr. Abubakar’s action, saying that it would not affect the party’s popularity in Adamawa.

“We have never taken Atiku seriously as a party member, particularly in Adamawa and his movement out of our party will certainly not affect the party’s popularity and general acceptance in this state.

“APC is for the masses and the masses are with us; the masses are happy about what APC governments are doing from the state to national level,” Mr. Lawan told PREMIUM TIMES.


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  • atakamosu

    Those are supporters who would not vote APC.

    • Jb

      Where were you when they voted for APC in all the local govt election in the state, they also voted for APC over PDP last week in Anambara?Where were you when APC won Edo, Kogi and Ondo while preparing to win Ekiti? Just say you and your likes will not vote for APC and that will never stop APC from winning.

      • Eluba Inas

        I don’t think you understand @atakamosu’s comment.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Point of correction……Anambra will vote APGA BUT WHEN BUHARI IS ON THE BALLOT , APC WILL NEVER GET UP TO 5% OF VOTES CAST IN THE STATE.

      • princegab

        You are talking of rigging elections.
        The only thing that won’t stop apc from winning. But dont forget that the blood of monkeys and baboons is in the offing. Choice is your. Anti apc/pmb group are battle ready sir.

  • Mufu Ola

    This is no news because it is expected that PDP supporters will “welcome” him at the airport anyway. Were APC supporters expected to welcome him?

    • princegab

      Its a good news because that is Atiku home base. Now we know that his people are strongly behind him. And we too. He is the best candidate for now.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Atiku,Atiku, always blowing like wind. Heading where now? Anyway, it is getting clear where the water is flowing.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Atiku is a better candidate for the unity and progress of this country. All Nigerian politicians are corrupt including Buhari who clearly does not know how to fight corruption .Atiku will do better for the economy and he will alleviate the suffering of Nigerians because he has human feelings . The present regime has banned this and that , the have taken to policies which help the rich and connected but has totally ignored the suffering masses.

    • princegab

      Thanks bro, as we speak, pmb is worse than gej. Corrupt old and sick man , who shamelessly fake illness.

      • Reginald Dandeson

        Yes, the faking was for the purpose of stashing up millions of pounds sterling in Estacode to make the looting look official.

  • Pluti

    Someone please tell me what Atiku achieved as a VP, and the kind of policies he channeled and stood for part from expanding his intel company and the AUN. Useless country elders, giving the masses options of thieves

    • princegab

      Whatever obj achieved Atiku shares the glory. Obj would have amount to nothing without Atiku. Same obj turned around to backstab Atiku because of 3rd term. Since then the nation has been destabilized. We need Atiku to right the ills of naija. For now he is the perfect candidate.

      • Reginald Dandeson

        Am really beginning to buy the idea of an Atiku Abubakar for 2019 presidential office if that is what can change the government in Aso Rock.

  • princegab

    Atiku will defeat pmb any time. Atiku will do a better job. Nigeria would have been far better had obj allowed Atiku in 2007.
    Pmb has turned out a disappointment even worse than gej in looting and in misgovernance cum nepotism. The youths must reject the senile old and sick pmb come 2019.

    • Pluti

      But still there’s nothing you can actually still pick out. At least we know Osinbanjo has been championing the peace and negotiating for an understanding in the ND so the economy can have some stability. Remember Sambo, there’s nothing you can pick that he did or is even capable of. We’ve made the same with PMB but Atiku should face this questions better to correct the psyche now than starting 2022

      • princegab

        Thanks bro, Atiku was actually the pillar of obj’s administration 1st term and up to 2 yrs into 2nd term. It’s up to his campaign to highlight Atiku’s patriotism and immense contributions to our democracy .

    • Reginald Dandeson

      Somebody said recently in another forum that anybody else is better than Buhari for 2019 presidential election.

      • princegab

        Bro, na we be di si ooo.
        We touted him an angel, turned a devil. God forbid pmb come 2019.

        • Reginald Dandeson

          Yes, you’re right.

  • Anonymous

    People castigate Atiku, and rightfully so but same people say Buhari is the man but shield him from debate, IF BUHARI IS THE MAN THEN LET HIM DEBATE OTHER CANDIDATES IN A PRIMARY FOR APC TICKET AND AGAINST OTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FROM OTHER PARTIES, it is hypocritical anyone to condemn other presidential candidates but say Buhari is better but doesnt have to debate.

  • Owejah

    “Reacting to the development, the State Organising Secretary of APC in Adamawa, Ahmed Lawan, said …we have never taken Atiku seriously as a party member …” Incidentally, that exactly is Atiku’s complaint. I wonder if it is fair to have treated him that way. Tinubu is undergoing the same rough treatment by a party he helped to create as a deliberate national policy.

    • Reginald Dandeson

      Maen, I love your observation. I do worry for Bola Tinubu. I said it two years ago when Buhari started ignoring and snubbing Tinubu publicly that it was a deliberate act by the then new president to cut Tinubu to size due to his obviously rising profile in the party, even if not in the government. I hinted that, from what I could see, Tinubu should brace up for worse treatment by Buhari as he consolidates his position in power and builds his own political structure nation wide.

      As it would happen, all these have come to pass but my concern is whether Bola Ahmed Tinubu has the balls to call Buhari’s bluff and do the needful like Atiku has done. Tinubu should show Buhari that he still has the mettle to decide where votes should go by abandoning Buhari to his fate and join forces with others to change government in 2019. Tinubu should show Buhari that whatever political structure the latter thinks he has built in the last two years cannot win any election without his own (Tinubu’s) political might. Tinubu should be nationalistic for the future of this country and not worry much about his personal presidential ambition since the APC is considering to rotate the Presidency to the South East in 2023, and so, join forces with Atiku to change government in 2019.

      Tinubu should realize that Buhari is a callous fellow when it comes to issues of political power as far as North-South dichotomy is concerned. Tinubu should teach all political power mongers, chief of whom happens to be Buhari, how not to mistreat somebody who has singularly done so much to put another into the office of President. Buhari feels really stubborn and arrogant because he thinks he has the Southwest under his apron strings. But without Tinubu, that thinking falls flat on its face. Tinubu should help Nigeria, shape the face of politics in the country and entrench a culture of the people voting out a government that thinks it is the all-and-all in the country as evident in mistreating those who put them in power. This is a call to duty to Tinubu to do the needful and remove this scandalous government from office in 2019 through the ballot box. If he achieves this, it would etch his name in gold in the Sands of time as the only singular Nigerian who has what it takes to decide where power goes. It would be a much better legacy than that of a man who only brought APC to power.