Atiku Abubakar Releases Statement on Report of Floating A New Political Party
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to news reports that he and nine governors from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party has floated a new party and has applied to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for registration.
Atiku’s response initially came through his twitter handle where he confirmed the report saying “It is true that many of my associates are involved in the registering of the PDM. However I am still a member of the PDP.
In another tweet, he said, “Nigeria’s constitution allows for freedom of association, and I cannot dissuade adults from forming a party. I have always welcomed the expansion of the political space to accommodate all opinions.”
But shedding more light on the birth of the new party, Atiku’s spokesman, Garba Shehu in a press release said “while he remains a loyal PDP member, he doesn’t have the right or power to stop others from associating or seeking registration for new parties” and “would always welcome the expansion of the political space to accommodate all shades of opinions or political hue.”
He also admitted that many of his political associates were involved in the registration of the new party, but that didn’t really mean that he was with them, because according to him he has political associates from several parties other than the PDP.
He said, “Political analysts recalled the active role of the PDM in the country’s democratic transition from the Babangida, Abacha and Abdulsalami administrations. The PDM platform, which was founded by late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, provided the impetus for his impressive performance across the country during the September 1992 presidential primaries, which were later cancelled by the military regime.
“The late Gen. Yar’Adua came close to becoming President, thanks to the formidable PDM structure. In 1999, the PDM was also in the forefront in the emergence of former President Obasanjo as PDP presidential candidate.
“Political observers also noted that the choice of Atiku Abubakar as running mate to Obasanjo in 1999 was a recognition of the active role of the PDM platform in his victory.”
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