Atiku defects to PDP

Henrietta Brewer
December 4, 2017

Atiku has previously claimed he would beat the president at the polls come 2019.

Benson said this in an interview with the newsmen on Sunday in Abuja shortly after the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, formally joined the opposition party.

"He (Atiku) may have had that weight some years ago but over the years he's been losing that weight and at the moment, I can tell you the even in his local government area in his native Adamawa, he can't win any election".

The former vice president, who has pronounced his intention to vie for the post of president in 2019, resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress recently and is readying to return to his former party, Peoples Democratic Party.

In earlier reaction to Atiku's departure from APC, Makarfi said, "He is a Nigerian and Nigeria's constitution gives him the right to choose the party of his choice".

He said: "I was excited about the party's (APC) manifesto to create 3m new jobs a year". People are in APC for different reasons.

"We hereby make it resoundingly clear that what the former Vice President said only exists in the realm of his imagination".

Reacting to a question sent in by one of his followers about the call to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) curated with the hashtag #EndSARS, Atiku expressed confidence in the police force and added he was certain the issues of indiscipline within SARS would be addressed within a short time. I have thought of it.

The former vice president has indicated that he plans to travel round the country in the coming months to interact with Nigerians on other issues affecting the country.

On whether Atiku's exit from the APC has any effect on Buhari, she said: "The president is not perturbed at all, he is not moved in any way".

He said the complaints he had with the PDP under which he was vice president from 1999 to 2007, had been resolved, laying the groundwork for his return.

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