No Auto-Ticket for Atiku - Makarfi

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar speaking at the National Headquarters of PDP in Abuja

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar speaking at the National Headquarters of PDP in Abuja

Abuja - Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday appealed to all top guns of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, to "return home" and contribute to the rebuilding process ongoing in the party.

He is accompanied by a large crowd of supporters, PDP leaders from Adamawa State, and the governor of Niger State, Babangida Muaza.

Atiku Abubakar, who over the weekend returned to PDP denounced his membership of APC after spending three and half years.

According to Makarfi, "PDP did not extend any special concession to Atiku and the party will not extend any special concession to any other person".

Atiku who paid a courtesy visit to the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee at the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the party declared that PDP was the only party in the country.

Responding to Atiku's remarks, Makarfi confirmed that he has long before now been discussing with Atiku, on the state of the nation.

After serving as Vice President to former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 to 2007 under the PDP, Atiku contested the 2007 presidential election as a candidate for Action Congress (AC), losing to the late former President Umaru Yar'Adua. All those who left should return home like I did.

The former Vice President asked all party stakeholders to ensure that lessons learnt from the party's loss at the 2015 election were not lost, adding that members should be guided by the lessons learnt. We are targeting the local governments.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, confirmed the planned visit by Atiku. "The party members reserve the right to give mandate to anyone they wish to give their mandate to", he said.

"It is saddening but interesting the way politics is played out in Nigeria because here we are, people leaving the comfort zone of government and the corridors of power to the opposition party should signal danger to those leading the ruling party".

"So, don't ever be afraid that is going to be any massive defection".

"I therefore want to pledge to you Mr. Chairman and members of the National Working Committee that my returning home is to help continue with the work you have started, reforming, re-branding this very party which is the only party in this country".

The leaders eulogized Oyegun for building the country's ruling party.

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