by Isime Esene
Following the defection of five governors from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), former vice president, Atiku Abubakar may have joined the opposition party.
It was gathered by LEADERSHIP that Alhaji Abubakar had been under pressure to dump the PDP since the five governors- Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) had defected.
In a bid to confirm a possible defection, Alhaji Abubakar is to meet the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including the former head of state, General Mohammadu Buhari, former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and governors of the party, at his Abuja residence.
Leadership Newspapers reports:
Atiku’s Media aide, Garba Shehu confirmed his principal’s meeting with the leadership of the opposition party, but declined to comment on whether or not the former vice president would declare for the APC today.
Although it could not be independently confirmed that the Turaki Adamawa (as Atiku is fondly called) would make a formal pronouncement after his parley with the APC leadership, a source confided in LEADERSHIP that Atiku’s move to join the party was encouraged by the successful merger of the APC and the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led factional leadership of the PDP.
“His mind and soul are all here because Turaki, as we all know him, is a progressive to the core. That is why his ideals and those of the leadership of the PDP have always conflicted.
“So the nation, not only the APC, will benefit if he finally makes up his mind to join; and I am sure after our meeting today, the polity will witness another lap of a political race,” the source said.