— Why Atiku Abubakar set to go back to PDP?
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has according to Punch resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He had left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for APC to contest in the 2015 presidential primaries where he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.
News of Atiku leaving the APC has been circulating on the internet for a while, after he reportedly met with former president Goodluck Jonathan over the 2019 presidency.
Jonathan had reportedly advised him to return early enough to PDP to fulfill certain provisions made by the party’s constitution, if he planned to contest under their umbrella.
He was also reportedly advised that he stands a better chance with PDP, as APC has nothing left to offer him.
Daily Trust reports that Atiku is expected to receive his PDP membership card on Saturday at his home state Adamawa.
A source who spoke to Daily Trust said thousands of supporters have been mobilized for the event, set to take place across the 21 local governments in Adamawa. He said:
Twenty buses have been allocated to each local government area for the event; the buses will convey supporters to Yola.
Lawan Uba, the Director of Mobilization of Atiku Support Group, also confirmed the news to Daily Trust. He said:
We’ve cleared the terrain and Atiku will come to the PDP tomorrow; this is certain unless there is last minute change because already many people from Abuja and other places are in Yola ahead of the formal event even though the elaborate ceremony will come up later.