'Atiku return to PDP an indication that APC has failed to deliver …'


Mixed reactions have continued to trail former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar return to PDP on Sunday after dumping the party since 2014.

Prof Aloysius Okolie, Senior Lecturer and former head of department, Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka told Vanguard in Nsukka that Atiku's return to PDP was a big blow to the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) as many of his supporters would follow him to PDP.

He was received at exactly 12 noon by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of the party who left the National Executive Committee (NEC) hall of the secretariat where he was presiding over a subcommittee of the Convention Planning Committee, to receive Atiku.

Meanwhile, a group, Arewa PDP Pathfinders, yesterday backed the demand of Northern Elders and Leaders Forum (NELF) for the Southwest to produce the next national chairman of the party.

"He never asked for anything and we never conceded anything to him".

"The party is out to establish a level playing field to enable party men and women exercise their rights and to give mandates to whomever they want to give mandates to", he said.

Makarfi also commended Tuesday's verdict of the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ado Ekiti, which nullified the judgement of a High Court that would have affected the conduct of the December 9 national convention.

Makarfi urged all contestants contesting for various offices at the convention to continue to go about their campaign with decorum.

Makarfi also warned against attempts by those he called very disloyal party men to sabotage the party's efforts in conducting a successful convention.

Addressing the crowd, the deputy governor thanked the defectors for the honour done to him by returning to PDP, just as he assured them that they would not have any cause to leave the party again.

The chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa gave assurance that the "electoral process will be free, fair and credible". I want to urge aspirants to the various positions to please keep their campaigners away from the convention venue and we believe all campaigns would have stopped by Friday.

Just as the PDP was putting the finishing touches to its convention, its state chapter in Taraba consolidated its position in the state, when no fewer than 7,000 members of the APC defected to the party in Gassol Local Government Area at the weekend.

Okowa said his committee was trying to put up these measures in order to avoid overcrowding at the venue. What we want are people who can help us win elections and Atiku is one of them.

"I believe there will be an appropriate convention for that".