‘I Am Considering Joining APC’ – Atiku…Tinubu’s Betrayal May Hinder His Move – Associate
Abubakar, who paid a visit to Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the Edo State Government House on Wednesday, said he was in the state as part of his consultations round the country on his next political move.
The former Vice President said the leadership of the APC led by General Mohammadu Buhari, the interim party chairman, Bisi Akande, Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the party visited and urged him to return to the party.
He said he was in the state to consult with the supporters in the South South.
While Atiku continues his nationwide consultation however, it has been gathered that the alleged betrayal of the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu may be the only reason why he may eventually not join the APC.
This concern a source said was raised by Yahaya Kwande, a former Nigerian ambassador to Switzerland, during a meeting between Atiku and his associates on Monday.
The former Vice president had on Monday consulted with his political aides and associates from the six states of Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa and Niger and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
At the Monday’s meeting, his associates, who assured him they would accompany him to any party of his choice, however asked him to carefully consider the APC’s invitation so that he would not encounter the problems that in the first informed his decision to return to the PDP from the defunct AC.
“Over time, the PDP has never known what to do with Turaki Atiku Abubakar and yet here he is being beckoned at by other political parties,” Yahaya Kwande, a former Nigerian ambassador to Switzerland, who attended the meeting, was quoted as saying at the meeting by an attendee.
“Now, we need the wisdom of Solomon to know the direction to go. That is why we are all here: to help him in taking decisions of how to handle this dilemma in front of him.”
Mr. Abubakar, who was vice president on the ticket of the PDP between 1999 and 2007, was literally forced out of the ruling party by his boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was no longer comfortable working with him. Mr. Obasanjo was believed to be angry with his deputy for opposing his bid to extend his (Obasanjo) tenure.
He joined some of his associates to float the AC, which later became Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, but left the defunct party in 2011following his alleged disagreement with some of its chieftains, including a former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, who incidentally is a leader of the APC. Part of the former vice president’s grouse was allegedly that Mr. Tinubu betrayed him when he flew the AC flag during the 2007 presidential election.
The former governor allegedly funded the campaign of late President Umaru Yar’Adua, who was the presidential candidate of the PDP. Mr. Abubakar subsequently secured a waiver to return to the PDP in September 2010 and contested the presidential primaries of the party, but was defeated by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Responding to Atiku’s purpose of visit, Governor Oshiomhole remarked that the beauty of democracy is that citizens will have a government they deserve at any point in time adding that in politicking, politicians should recognize that it is all about Nigeria and Nigerians and not their selfish interests.
He wished the former Vice President God’s wisdom in reaching a decision that would impact positively on the people of the country.
The Governor and the former Vice President later went into a closed-door meeting.
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