Return to PDP, Atiku tells defected ex-leaders

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2017

Ahmed Makarfi, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Caretaker Committee Chairman on Monday denied insinuations that the concession granted to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar made him return to the party.

A sort of carnival erupted at the Wadata Plaza, national secretariat of the PDP, as soon as Atiku stepped into the party secretariat.

A large number of his supporters had arrived the secretariat, located in Wuse zone 5 before his arrival.

‎Apparently mocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, Atiku said, "No government has done 50 per cent of what we (PDP) had achieved in government". The reality is, outside the APC there is no other party that is truly settled, not even the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is.

"To achieve all these, there must be sacrifices, understanding and compromises in the process, and that is what I speak to members to imbibe".

Makarfi, who stated this at the inauguration of PDP National Convention Planning Committee, headed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, ‎yesterday, in Abuja, said the ex-VP never asked for any concession from the caretaker committee prior to his return to the party on Sunday. But I read the presentation you made to me and the significance of your background became very important to me. And I hope we all must have learned our lessons.

"Let me pay tribute to the past leadership of this great party; wherever they may be, and to call upon them to please return home as I have done". When we founded this party, we founded it based on the tenets of democracy, integrity and good governance.

Makarfi, declared that Atiku's return has opened the flood gates adding that the party expects many more high profile returnees and new entrants into the PDP.

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

"Now that we have learned our lessons, those who left and those who remained, its time to build the party on the principle of internal democracy", he said.

He added said that though the country might have its challenges, it was making steady progress and the APC was growing daily. We are not just targeting Aso Rock, we are targeting the federal legislature, the state, both the executive and legislature, and we are targeting the local governments.

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