Atiku makes triumphant return to PDP

Atiku makes triumphant return to PDP

Prof Aloysius Okolie, Senior Lecturer and former head of department, Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka told Vanguard in Nsukka that Atiku's return to PDP was a big blow to the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) as many of his supporters would follow him to PDP.

"Atiku, former Vice-President of the country and successful business mogul have imparted positively to many of his subordinates and, there is no doubt that many of his supporters to reposition PDP for the 2019 general elections in the country".

He expressed satisfaction with Tuesday's judgment of the Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti, which nullified the judgment of a High Court that would have affected the smooth conduct of the December 9 national convention.

Kamale played a significant role as former PDP PRO in Adamawa State in edging Atiku out of the party during revadilation registration of the membership of PDP during the Obasanjo administration. "We are actually expecting him by noon tomorrow", he added.

"Atiku' s reason for dumping the ruling party is an indication that APC has failed to deliver its campaign promises to Nigerians as well as expectations of some of its members. When we receive it, then the needful will be done", Makarfi stated.

"He never asked for anything and we never conceded anything to him". Whatever aspiration he or anybody coming to PDP may have, they will be free to pursue them. "The party members reserve the right to give mandate to anyone they wish to give their mandate to", he said.

In his remarks, the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, said everybody was ready to collaborate with the planning committee to ensure the success of the convention and to see that it is conducted in a free and fair manner.

The committee, while stating that an appropriate convention would be held to choose a presidential candidate in future, added that it intends to decongest the convention ground as much as possible on Saturday.

Okowa, who spoke in Abuja shortly after the inauguration of the various convention committees, said no campaign of any kind would be allowed at the convention.

He urged the party members to "run away" from acts that may negatively affect the convention.

He enjoined the people of Gassol and the entire state to continue to support PDP, saying there was no alternative to the party in the state, just as he assured them that the party was well positioned to recapture power at the national level.

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