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Atiku visits PDP secretariat, urges other defectors to return 'home'

06 December 2017, 12:36 | Melissa Porter

Atiku visits PDP secretariat, urges other defectors to return 'home'

Atiku meets Makarfi at PDP secretariat

In a move that certainly will not please former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party has placed a ban on the campaign for its presidential ticket by its would-be presidential aspirants during the party's December 9, 2017, convention.

Atiku stated this during his visit to the secretariat of the party inside Wadata Plaza, Abuja on Tuesday.

The shout of "Baba Oyoyo" rented the as the former Vice President was driven in a bullet-proof Mercedes Benz S-Class with registration number Lagos EX 449 SMK.

The APC national chairman further assured that Atiku's exit from the party would not lead to massive defection from APC as being insinuated in some quarters in the country.

"Over the years, like any or every human organisation, it has faced its challenges but I want to pay tribute to those who have stayed steadfast through thick and thin to see us through to this point".

Comrade Timi Frank, has declared that more high-level defections from the APC could occur in the near future, if the party leadership failed to mend its ways.

"But here we are today, people are moving from the ruling party to the party in opposition".

Atiku meets Makarfi at PDP secretariat

He urged other defectors to return and help build the party. "Though the truth is bitter, but I will continue to sacrifice myself in speaking the truth because I know I am speaking the minds of a lot of members who can not speak out", Frank said.

Welcoming Abubakar back to the PDP, Makarfi said he had returned in good time, adding that PDP would continue to consult with him. We are not just targeting Aso Rock, we are targeting the federal legislature, the state both the executive and legislature. It is saddening but interesting the way politics is played out in Nigeria because here we are, people leaving the comfort zone of government and the corridors of power to the opposition party and this should signal danger to those leading the ruling party.

Due to an internal party crisis he defected to the APC in the run-up to the 2015 presidential election before losing the party's ticket to another eventual victor, President Buhari.

‎"So PDP must be prepared for this, and be ready to reconcile and reiterate in such a way and manner that everybody will be treated and given a level playing field to purse his or her personal aspiration".

Makarfi added that the return of Abubakar had "opened the flood gates and we expect many more high profile returnees and new entrants into the PDP".

"The lack of internal democracy, disregard for the party's constitution, irregular schedule of meetings, inability to conduct a convention, the absence of a Board of Trustees and arrogance of the party leadership will bring about the impending doom", he declared.

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