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Why I quit PDP for APC – Atiku.


After weeks of speculation, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on  Sunday announced his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.  Mr. Abubakar said he is now a member of the opposition coalition, the  All Progressives Congress, APC, and that he will hand in his resignation  letter to the PDP on Monday.
Coming amid the turbulence that has since engulfed the ruling PDP for  months, the former vice president said he left the party because it has  “lost touch with Nigerians”, and has failed to resolve its many crises,  mainly instigated by its leadership.“We have, therefore, concluded that that party cannot be redeemed. In  short the PDP has abandoned Nigerians, the very people who gave it life  and many electoral victories,” the former vice president said in a  statement Sunday.Mr. Abubakar is leaving the PDP the second time, having quit the party  in 2006 at the peak of his standoff with then President Olusegun  Obasanjo ahead of the 2007 elections.He later joined the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, a party  that would later, in alliance with other opposition parties, transform  to the APC.Mr. Abubakar rejoined the PDP in 2009 after Mr. Obasanjo left office. He  said he did so as a new leadership of the party and the country had  promised a new direction, inclusiveness, internal democracy, an end to  impunity, adherence to the rule of law and respect for the dignity of  members and Nigerians.“Sadly, however, those promises have not been kept. In addition, the PDP  continues to be beset with many crises, mostly leadership-induced  crises,” he said in his statement on Sunday.Mr. Abubakar’s decision to quit the party the second time would hardly  be surprising having been one of the leaders of PDP who staged a walkout  from the party’s national convention in September 2013.That protest, backed by seven governors-five, whom have already defected  to the APC- was the first public demonstration of the bitter divisions  within the PDP. It culminated in the formation of a splinter group  called the new PDP, which later fused formally with the APC.The former vice president said months after, the party, as well, has failed to address the issues that led to the walkout.“Many founding members of the PDP, I included, continue to be  marginalized and excluded from the affairs of the party. For instance as  a former Vice President, I am by virtue of the PDP constitution, a  member of the party’s Board of Trustees and its National Executive  Committee,” he said.“However, I am not invited to the meetings of those organs nor consulted  on their decisions, apparently because I dared to exercise my right to  contest in the party’s primary election for a chance to be its  flag-bearer in the 2011 elections.”Mr. Abubakar remained largely passive with the activities of the PDP  after the walkout, and recently announced he was consulting on his  political future.The former vice president was later linked with a new party, the Peoples

Democratic Movement, PDM. He denied being a member of the party.But the PDM said on Sunday it was briefed by Mr. Abubakar about his  decision to join the APC, and thanked him for the consultation.Mr. Abubakar said his decision to join the APC was the “right decision”,  and may not be popular among his supporters. He said he considered  Nigeria first.“As in 2006 it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and  service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my  decision. Let me emphasize that this is not about me. We have to have a  country before people can aspire to lead it, but as it is today we may  be losing this country,” he said.He said the APC is a party of change committed to the improvement of the  lives of our people and to the continued existence and development of  Nigeria as one indivisible country.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Elections Must Be Free And Fair, Says Buhari.

Three time Presidential candidate, and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari, today said that elections must be free and fair as part of deepening democracy in Nigeria.

Buhari, in a live stream interview with Liberty Radio SaharaReporters, followed in New York, also said that Nigerians deserve credible and responsible leadership.

He said, “Elections must be free and fair. We have been to court three times in 2003, 2007 and 2011, not because we were convinced that we were going to win. We went because we want to make sure that this multi-party democracy takes a firm grip on Nigerians.

“If we can come and go, the system will be strong enough to guarantee security for this country and guarantee prosperity for this country. This is our objective. All we are fighting for is to have proper democracy. What I mean is that whatever people say, whether they reflect briefly on it or not, Nigerians are now well aware of their right and what they expect from government.

“Like I have said, we have to properly secure and manage this country. You cannot deny citizens their rights to express their own opinion or you allow some people to brazenly threaten the cooperate existence of the country, and instead of inviting them and asking them to explain themselves to the nation, they are given a ride in a Presidential jet.”

General Buhari also lamented over a recent spate of harassment of citizens over freedom of expression:

“When others do it, you go and lock them up or you harass them. That is not the way to do things. For example, when the seven governors decided to break out from the PDP and we went and visited them; five of the governors took the risk.

“One of the governors still have problem with the police, his children were arrested, and the bank officials that transacted business with his children were locked up. Those are children of governors. You can imagine what will then happen to children of ordinary Nigerians.”


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