6 December 2017
Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday returned to the Peoples’ Democratic party, PDP, physically as he paid a courtesy call on the national leadership of the party at the party’s national secretariat.
The former vice-president was accompanied by a huge crowd made up of men and women, with a group of young people decked in specially-made T-shirts, with the inscription: ‘Atiku 100%.’
In a seven-minute speech, Atiku said he was at the PDP National Secretariat to ‘come and show face,’ having earlier announced his decision on social media a few days ago.
“All that I have come to do today is to come and show my face. Many people have read in the media that I have returned home. This is the home.
“Mr. Chairman, I want to congratulate you for a wonderful work which you have been doing to redeem the image of this party, to reform it, rebrand it and return it to its original form.
“I want to assure you of my support and cooperation at all times, to make sure that these objectives are achieved by you and subsequently by your successors,” he said.
Speaking further, Atiku called on former PDP members, who left the party with him, to return and help rebuild the party.
Without referring to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku affirmed that no government had performed up to half of what the PDP achieved in its time in government.
“Let me pay tribute to past leadership of this great party; where ever they may be and to call upon them to, please return home as I have done. It is only by their returning home that we will build a stronger, more united party that can again return to government and continue to deliver the dividends of democracy,” he said.
Among those who left the party with Atiku were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Transport Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Senators Rabiu Kwankwanso, Danjuma Goje, Aliyu Wamakko, among others, now holding prominent positions in the All Progressives Congress, APC- led government.