As reported by Information Nigeria, prominent leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday paid a visit toformer Vice President Atiku Abubakar at his private residence in Asokoro, Abuja.
The APC leaders, who went into a closed door meeting with the former VP which lasted for over an hour, described the meeting as a continuation of the party’s consultations with past leaders and stakeholders across the nation.
The APC delegation included a former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd); former Lagos State governor and national leader of the APC; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the party’s Interim National Chairman; Chief Bisi Akande.
The meeting follows Wednesday’s defection of 37 members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives to the APC.
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting, Gen. Buhari disclosed that the APC was working on modalities to meet with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to the three-time presidential hopeful, “We have the intention of meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo as soon as he is available so that we will tell him how we evolve APC.“And then, we will ask for his understanding and cooperation. This is what we have been doing”.
Atiku, who spoke at the meeting, said that a strong opposition was necessary in every democracy to checkmate the activities of the government in power.
On apparent calls by the APC leaders to him to join their fold, Atiku said that he would meet with his friends and political associates with the view to taking a decision on the next line of action.
Atiku said: “We want to let you know that we had very fruitful discussions and you know I have always believed in a two party structure.
“So I welcome the formation of APC. We have discussed extensively and I will meet with my political associates and friends.
“Most of us have been friends and political associates for over two decades. I will call my stakeholders across the country. We will take a decision and address the press and let you know our decision.
“I congratulated them (APC leaders) and welcomed them because it will improve competition and governance. It is healthy for our democracy.
“Once you have one very strong party and weak ones, there is no way the opposition can check the government in power.
“If the South Africans faced apartheid in the past, Nigeria is facing colonialism. The struggle has been long for the enthronement of democracy in our country.
“It is time we realised we have responsibility to our generation and those yet unborn. I think it (APC) will give Nigerians an alternative during elections. So I told them I will consult with my associates and brief the press later”, he said.
Chief Akande, who led the parry’s delegation, said the visit was to cement a long standing political relationship with Atiku which spans more than two decades.
“We feel that it is necessary to meet people of like minds to rise up and salvage the country. All of us that met here were comrades in politics.
“We only met today to cement that comradeship and all is well cemented. We are moving together to work for this country”, Akande said.
It would be recalled that Atiku was the presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress which later metamorphosed into the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) one of the three legacy parties that merged to give birth to the APC.