The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Sunday’s defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a political “voyage” that will lead to nowhere.
In a statement announcing his defection to the opposition party, Atiku accused the ruling party of being out of touch with Nigerians and abandoning them despite the many electoral victories it gave to the party over the years. He described the PDP as irredeemable.
But PDP’s Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said the defection of Atiku and others would have no effect on the party, adding that the PDP remained the only “consistent party” in the country.
Secondus said: “Defection or not, it will not affect our party. When they leave, they go on voyage and they come back and we receive them. I can tell you that they will go and come back
“We are waiting for Atiku to go on this voyage and to come back. He has done it before. This is not the first time and we will welcome him back when he comes, because APC cannot win election. They are not firmly rooted.
“We will win this election, we have the statistics, we have the population, and we will win the 2015 election”.
Secondus added that while the PDP has been on ground since 1999, opposition parties have yet to find their feet, insisting that the ruling party remained the largest party in the land.
“The opposition had just started the registration of their members. We have done registration of our party 13 years ago and every year we update, we are the largest party in Nigeria”, he maintained.
The PDP chieftain described efforts of the opposition as media gymnastics and urged PDP members not to allow the opposition to change their perception.