Friday, 24 November 2017

Atiku's Defection: PDP, APC, others tweet

APC, PDP logo and Atiku (Photo Credit: TDN)

|24th November, 2017 | Ukorebi Esien

A former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has officially announced his defection from the APC to PDP, today 24th November, 2017. TDN can report.
The Waziri of Adamawa who is said to be the highest defector in the political history of Nigeria has defected to and fro parties at least not less than 4 times.
Atiku was in 1998 voted as governor under the platform of the PDP, Before the end of his second term, however, Mr. Abubakar left the PDP for the first time in 2006 and joined Action Congress, AC, after years of internal battle with Mr. Obasanjo.
Following disagreements with one of the leaders of the AC and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, the former vice president dumped the AC and returned to the PDP in 2009.
Mr. Abubakar alongside seven governors eventually staged a walk out of a PDP national convention in August 2013, accusing the leadership of the party and then President Jonathan of impunity.
They eventually formed the ‘new PDP.’ After efforts to reconcile with the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP failed and their push to stop Mr. Jonathan from running for election also failed, Mr. Abubakar and five of the governors and others announced in November 2013 defected to the APC.
Mr. Abubakar eventually defected from the APC on Thursday, November 24. Reports suggest that he has done so because he has received commitment of the PDP to give him its platform to again run for president in 2019.
The former vice president has, however, not formally declared for the PDP, nor has he declared he would run for the 2019 presidency although he is expected to do both.
Whether he will remain in PDP or his new party for long remains to be seen, given that he had announced on September 2014 that “As for me, as far as I am concerned, APC is my last bus stop.”
However, the PDP, APC and some notable Nigerians took to their twitter handle to tweet on Atiku's defection from APC. TDN made a compilation of these tweets:
Official PDP Nigeria‏ The leadership of the @OfficialPDPNig have received the news of the resignation of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the APC with joy. We are happy that he has come to the realization that APC is a fraud and he is welcome back to his home, the PDP APC Niger(ia) A political prostitute and opportunist will always remain a political prostitute and opportunist. @Atiku has never fitted inn in APC. His political ideology is that of looting the treasury, while APC stands for something entirely different. Good riddance..
The Godfather‏ The gloves are off, time to end all the pretense, he was never with the APC, it was always about his personal ambition never was it about helping President @MBuhari to succeed... timing was well Atikulated to enable the habitual hopper attend the PDP national convention....
Oby Ekwesili How do Rap musicians string their lyrics together to create a comprehensible message? I find it fascinating when one has no clue what they are talking about but some folks shrieking with joy at every word. I mean something like “ The Dump dumped a Dump”. What’s that?
Reno Omokri‏ The bottomline is that Buhari ran for President 4 times under 4 different parties, meanwhile Atiku only contested the Presidency once (in 2007). So before @Elrufai calls @Atiku a ‘Serial Defector’ he should buy a mirror and give it to President Buhari #PMBisTheSerialDefector
Ben Murray- I congratulate @Atiku for leaving the APC. It took courage especially as he has wide business investments that are already targets and could be further targeted. I, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, now appeal to Waziri Adamawa, to return to the house he helped build, the PDP.
Oluyemi Fasipe Buhari contested under ANPP in 2003 Buhari contested under CPC in 2011 Buhari contested under APC in 2015 If @atiku is a political prostitute then what is @MBuhari ?
Pius Adesanmi‏ Dear Atiku, despite Baba's warning to u about 2019 via INTELS, u still did your habitual political jorojarajoro. U leave Baba no choice. All flights to Russia from Nigeria in 2018 must be routed thru Alaska on US soil. Politics is the father of geography...
Akin‏ As my friend once said “Atiku’s Presidential ambition is an economy on its own. If he stops running, many will lose their source of income.”
Reno Omokri‏ On the same day that @Atiku resigned from the APC, President Buhari sets up a committee to increase the minimum wage. Coincidence or signs that the President is jittery over his impending 2019 defeat and wants to bribe Nigerians with a salary increase?
Mr Stanley Nwabia‏ Another interesting thing about @atiku is that he's (somehow) also a founding father to PDP, ACN & APC