APC wishes Atiku goodluck, tells him “We won’t miss you”
Following former Vice President Atiku Abubakar membership resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, the ruling party has said it would not miss him. The development came even as the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) told the former vice president that much as it would readmit him into its fold, it would not guarantee him automatic ticket in the 2019 presidential election.
Reacting to Atiku’s resignation, the Adamawa state organizing Secretary of the APC, Ahmed Lawal said the party would not miss the former vice president and wished him well in his future endeavors. He said Atiku leaving the APC was a mistake and a wrong decision, adding that it is likely to end his political career.
He added: “When he was leaving PDP, he told the world that the party is the most corrupt party in the world and that if he leaves APC, he would be resigning from politics, so we are waiting to see if he has finally left politics for good.” In its formal reaction to Atiku’s exit from the APC, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said: “Politics is about interest, we have not seen any formal notification to that effect but based on what we have seen in the social media we can say all together is surprising but for us politics is all about interest.
“So, if the former Vice President feels that his interest is better served elsewhere, we can always wish him goodluck. For us, the task of building a political party is not a day’s job; its marathon and it takes many years and we will continue to improve on our system until we are able to get the kind of party that we want to really, really build. It takes many years to build a strong political party.”
The governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that the decision by Atiku Abubakar to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not come to him as a surprise.
Reacting to Atiku’s resignation while fielding questions from newsmen at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, Ganduje said that though it is his prerogative to choose the political party he wants to belong to, he has been in the habit of moving from one party to the other.
Asked the implications of Atiku’s decision, Ganduje said, “Yes, he has his own freedom to choose whichever political party he wants to be and he has decamped to PDP. It is the way of politicians to choose the party they want to belong to.
“He was in PDP before and he was also in another party, so it was not surprising when he decided to choose to go back to another party. I think democracy is like that. People can choose where they want to be and they are not committing any crime by choosing to go where they want to be. That is democracy.”
On the other hand, Atiku Abubakar said that his resignation was largely influenced by the “impunity, arbitrariness and unconstitutionality” in the APC. In a statement signed by him, Atiku said that injustice and failure to abide by its own constitution, “which had dogged the then PDP, have now been replicated in the APC, while the PDP appears to have purged itself of the malice.”
Atiku continued: “Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked. In that memo, he admitted that the APC had not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight change, but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance.
“Of the party itself, that same governor said ‘Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty. Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties’.
“Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the APC on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened.”
Meanwhile, the PDP yesterday formally extended an invitation to the former Vice President to return to the party, which he left in the run-up to the 2015 general elections but said it would not guarantee him an automatic ticket in the 2019 presidential election.
The opposition party said it was ready to re-admit Atiku, without any precondition. The PDP said as a democratic party, it offers a platform that enables anybody, Atiku inclusive, “to aspire to any position he wants without any hindrance. We do not give automatic tickets to anybody.”
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated this while reacting to Atiku’s resignation from the APC at a press conference at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja. Adeyeye said there is no doubt the former Vice President and other former PDP leaders, who left the party for the ruling party were deceived.
He said it is good that they have realised their mistakes, stating that the doors of the party is open to each and everyone of them to return.