PDP Has Abandoned Nigerians, Atiku Says As He Finally Joins APC

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APC-AtikuA former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has for the second time, dumped the party which gave him a platform to be Nigeria’s Vice President from 1999 to 2007, stating that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has abandoned Nigerians, who he noted “gave it life and many electoral victories”.

Information Nigeria recalls that Atiku was frustrated out of the party in 2007 by his boss, then President Olusegun Obasanjo, which forced him to pitch his tent with the defunct Action Congress, AC, on whose platform he contested the 2007 presidential elections and lost. Two years later, the former vice president would retrace his steps back to the PDP in 2009.

In a press statement he personally signed announcing his defection from PDP to APC, Atiku said:

“In 2006, as a result of my firm stand in defence of our constitution and our democracy, my supporters and I were pushed out of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party, a party that we worked tirelessly with other compatriots to build as a vehicle to restore democracy to our country.  We later returned to that party in 2009 when a new leadership of the party and the country promised a new direction, a direction of inclusiveness, of internal democracy, of an end to impunity, adherence to the rule of law and respect for the dignity of members and Nigerians.

“Sadly, however, those promises have not been kept.  In addition, the PDP continues to be beset with many crises, mostly leadership-induced crises.  It has since lost touch with Nigerians and efforts made by many well-meaning members and stakeholders to bring it back to the vision of the founders have been rebuffed.  To demonstrate the seriousness of the challenges and bring public attention to it I and some other leaders and stakeholders staged a walkout during the party’s last convention in Abuja.

“As I speak, most of the issues that led to that walk-out are yet to be addressed.  Many founding members of the PDP, I included, continue to be marginalized and excluded from the affairs of the party. For instance as a former Vice President, I am by virtue of the PDP constitution, a member of the party’s Board of Trustees and its National Executive Committee.  However, I am not invited to the meetings of those organs nor consulted on their decisions, apparently because I dared to exercise my right to contest in the party’s primary election for a chance to be its flag-bearer in the 2011 elections.  We have, therefore, concluded that that party cannot be redeemed.

“In short the PDP has abandoned Nigerians, the very people who gave it life and many electoral victories.

“More worrisome though is the danger posed to the continued existence of this country by this culture of impunity and arbitrariness.  We continue to have threats from officially protected political extremists.  Increasingly our people are recklessly being divided along the lines of religion, ethnicity and region for political gains.  Our history and that of many other countries in Africa and Eastern Europe ought to teach us that this is very dangerous and must stop.

We can and we must do better. Our people deserve better.

“It is against this background that we should understand the visit by the leaders of the APC and their invitation to me to join hands with them to save the country. Consequently, I have been consulting my supporters and associates, my family and friends for the past few weeks.  My decision may not satisfy some of my friends and associates.  In the end, however, I have to put the interest of our country first.  This country has done so much for me personally and it deserves all that we can do to help rebuild it and serve our people better.

“Following this extensive consultative process, I have, therefore, decided to cast my lot with the APC, a party of change committed to the improvement of the lives of our people and to the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible country.  My resignation letter as a member of the PDP will be delivered to the party tomorrow.

“This is the right decision.  As in 2006 it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision. Let me emphasize that this is not about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead it, but as it is today we may be losing this country. That is not acceptable.

“I encourage my political associates and friends to register and join the APC once the registration exercise commences, so that together we can change this country for the better.

“The process of building a nation, of securing and deepening democracy is indeed difficult.  And it is not a lineal process.  There would be alignment and realignment of political forces. There would be ups and downs and zig-zags, triumphs and challenges.  Amidst all that, patriots must remain focused and do what has to be done to save and build the country and serve our people better.

“That is what I have decided to do. I will do all within my God-given powers to help the APC win elections all over Nigeria and bring true change to our country and its long-suffering people.

“Thank you and God bless Nigeria”.

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  1. Atiku’s Problems Continue (APC) in APC!

    5 REASON WHY APC DOES NOT NEED ATIKU

    It is rather unfortunate that APC has become
    a dumping ground for Nigeria’sfailing
    politicians. Since the merger, many politicians
    who have one way the other lost their place in
    the People’s Democratic Party have made All
    Progressive Alliance their haven. Why blame
    them when the leaders of APC do not know
    that a progressive party is not a home for
    wounded Lions.

    Yes one could say APC needs all the power
    brokers it can get but you also need to
    consider the fact that it doesn’t need members
    who are trouble-making champions.
    Today, 2 nd of February, 2014, former Vice
    President, Atiku Abubakar, officially
    announced on Twitter that he has decamped
    to APC. On his website, he penned down his
    grievances with PDP. He said he is angry with
    the party for relegating him to the background
    because he dared to contest at the primaries.
    The Tinubu/Buhari led APC does not need
    men like Atiku and here are my reasons:

    UNTRUSTWORTHY:

    Atiku has shown he is a man you can’t trust.
    He has never been a party man. Atiku looks
    out for that which butters his bread. Atiku left
    PDP to Action Congress because his bread
    can no longer be buttered in PDP, fought the
    party that made him VP, called the party
    unprintable names and didn’t have the shame
    to go back to same party. It is madness to
    trust such a man? That means you can’t trust
    that he will keep your agreement with him
    when the chips are down.

    DISLOYALTY:

    Atiku does not believe in loyalty! His actions
    have proven that he camps where his interest
    is protected. So joining the APC is not
    because he wants to join hands to actualize
    the party’s dream to give Nigerians a better
    democratic experience but to pursue his
    presidential dreams. Atiku has moved back
    and forth from the PDP just because of his
    presidential ambition. His ambition has so
    obsessed him that he cannot be loyal to the
    party’s decision if it doesn’t favour his dream
    of ruling Nigeria.

    SELFISHNESS:

    The worst is that his pursuit is purely selfish!
    So far he has not been able to articulate ideas
    that can take us to the Nigeria of our dreams.
    Just because your party no longer consults
    you then you leave the party? That means it is
    all about you not the collective dream of the
    party for the country. Tomorrow if APC does
    not consult you, you will decamp too. APC
    does not need a selfish and over ambitious
    person like Atiku, especially at this formative
    stage.
    PARTY PROSTITUTE:
    A woman who easily sleeps with any kind of
    man for money is nothing but a prostitute
    likewise a politician who has decamped from
    PDP to two other parties without considering
    party philosophy and ethos. Atiku is political
    party prostitute personified! He is the role
    model for party prostitutes. That is his legacy!

    TOO MUCH CAPTAINS IN ONE SHIP :

    An army cannot win a war if there are many
    Generals commanding it. The addition of other
    aggrieved PDP Governors and Atiku into the
    APC political clan is fast turning the party into
    a group of rebels and if care is not taken, it
    will be hard to have a single leader! This is a
    party with political and tribal juggernauts like
    General M. Buhari and Bola Tinubu who
    grapevines still insist have presidential
    ambitions. Throwing in an Atiku into the mix
    is another way of spelling disaster! Time will
    tell if Atiku can drop his ambition for Buhari
    or any other northerner.

    In summary, I think APC is already a moving
    train that is fast gathering momentum and
    should not allow confused people on board!

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