- Some key APC chieftains who defected to the PDP in the build-up to the 2019 elections have spoken on their possible return to the ruling party
- Atiku, Kwankwaso, and Saraki who spoke through their media aides all ruled out the possibility of returning to the ruling party
- Their reactions came on the heal of the return of Dogara and Gemade to the ruling party from the PDP
Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, is not contemplating a possible return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a report by Daily Trust has stated.
Recall that sequel to the return of former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Senator Barnabas Gemade to the ruling party, the ruling party had urged those who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to also return.
However, Atiku, who spoke through his media aide Paul Ibe told Daily Trust on Monday, August 3, that he is not considering a return to the APC.
The former PDP presidential candidate said he would not return to a “sinking ship.”
“It is not true. His Excellency Atiku Abubakar will not return to a sinking ship. All of these shenanigans are to distract Nigerians from its (APC-led government) monumental failures at governance that has left our people poorer to the extent that we are now the poverty capital of the world,” Ibe was quoted to have said.
“Its leadership of the last five years has left our country more insecure and more divided than at any other time. Its policies have made more people jobless and compromised our sovereignty.
“Going back to the APC is like willingly opting to go to hell,” he added.
Also, the newspaper stated that an aide of the former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, who pleaded anonymity said his principal had no plan to return to the APC.
Also speaking on the development, Aminu Abdussalam who is the spokesman of former Kano state governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said no right-thinking politician will join APC “that is on the verge disintegration.”
“To the best of my knowledge, I’m not aware that they have consulted His Excellency, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Engineer Kwankwaso is a bonafide member of the PDP. More so, how do you expect anybody in his right senses to join APC at this material time?
“APC is on its downward journey, the party is at the state of disintegration, it is suffering from self-inflicted injury and there is nothing they can do now to rectify it.
"They have destroyed everything and compounded our security problems. In the last five years, the party did nothing apart from making Nigerians to suffer, suffer and suffer,” Abdussalam said.
Meanwhile, Dogara has received the backing of the leadership of the APC in his constituency following his defection.
The chairman of the party from Bogoro, Tafawa Balewa and Dass local governments federal constituency said the former speaker made the right choice.
The APC leader disclosed this while addressing journalists on Monday, August 3.
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