Atiku: More Trouble For APC As 8 Adamawa Commissioners Dump Party

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

Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said the party did not at any time adopt any concession plan on automatic ticket for Atiku at the detriment of other contenders.

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

"PDP is the only party in this country".

Promising to join the leadership in reforming and rebranding the PDP, Atiku also said he plans to convince former members to return to the party.

They said former vice president Atiku Abubakar left the ruling party because of his personal ambition.

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

He noted that the fact that no big gun within the APC has decamped from it with Atiku is an omen that the APC won't lose its men to PDP.

Paying tribute to the past leadership of the party, Atiku requested that "wherever they may be, I call upon them to please return home as I have done".

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He asked Atiku to help the party develop a winning strategy that would enable it to win the presidential election in 2019.

Makarfi explained that the party didn't strike any deal with Atiku before his return, adding that the ex-VP had returned in good time and his return would open the floodgate for others to return.

"Let nobody fear that the defection of the former vice president is going to lead to any deluge", the statement on Tuesday quoted him as saying.

"I can bet you the records we have achieved so far in governance no government has yet even done 50 percent of what we have achieved in government, not to talk of equalling our performance in government". "The party members reserve the right to give mandate to anyone they wish to give their mandate to", he said.

"It is just that the remnants of the PDP have found their voice so they are screaming very loud and we think that the whole country is upside down".

"Don't ever be afraid that there is going to be any massive defection".

According to the statement, the APC National Chairman spoke during his investiture as the National Life Grand Patron of the Association of Former Chairmen, Councillors and Ward Leaders in Nigeria at the party's National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday evening.

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