Nigeria Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku Abubakar has announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party this afternoon.
Atiku who recently resigned as a member of the All Progressives Congress said in a live video broadcast on Facebook, on Sunday, that he is joining the PDP.
Explaining why he left the APC on November 24, he accused the party of failing to spearhead the rebirth of a new Nigeria as promised among other reasons.
He said, “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalisation, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.”
“The key to creating job is a strong economy and that is why we are currently lacking,” he said.
“So today, I want to let you know that I’m returning home to the PDP, as the issues that led me to leave it have now been resolved.”
The top politician who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) less than two weeks announced his new move on Sunday afternoon.
Abubakar served his two terms as vice-president under the platform of the PDP but left the party after ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo blocked his presidential bid.
He had contested the 2007 presidential election under the then Action Congress (AC), placing third after the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, who got PDP ticket and Muhammadu Buhari of the then All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
Hours after the former vice president announced his resignation from the APC, the PDP had said his doors were open for him to return to the party.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, who addressed a news conference recently in Abuja, said they would gladly welcome the former presidential candidate if he decides to return to the party.
“Being a founding father of PDP, and because we have an umbrella that is big enough to accommodate everybody; our doors are wide open for him (Atiku) to come back to his home without any preconditions.”.