*Claim frustrations in mobilising against ruling party
By Emmanuel Aziken
Abujaâ€”Political associates of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar are to explore possibilities of rejoining the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, following what they claimed to be frustrations in mobilising a national opposition against PDP.
The associates, at a meeting hosted by Atiku, Monday night, noted with dismay that recent efforts spearheaded by Atiku alongside former Head of State, GeneralÂ Mohammadu Buhari (rtd.) and former governor of Bafarawa State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, have met with failure, a statement issued by Atikuâ€™s media office, yesterday, added.
No fewer than than 50 political associates of Atiku were present at the meeting, it was disclosed.
â€œThe meeting began with Atiku briefing those present about the journey so far with the Mega Party Summit Movement, MSM; the National Democratic Movement, NDM; the Action Congress, AC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He also spoke about his efforts to form a mega opposition party with like-minds to strengthen Nigeriaâ€™s young democracy,â€ the statement noted.
Why Atiku’s groupÂ Â parted ways withÂ PDP
â€œThe meeting also took stock of the reasons that led to the parting of ways between a majority of the members and PDP such as their exclusion from its re-registration, the Third Term plot of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the persecution of the Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar and the fact that a great deal of change has occurred within the party,â€ the statement further claimed.
â€œAt the end of the meeting, it was resolved that three committees be set up to carry out robust consultations with the supporters, since whatever decision they will arrive at is not only about the leader. One of the committees is particularly charged with assessing the political situation in each state of the federation so as to take into account the peculiar interests and the well-being of leaders and followers in taking a final decision when and where to go and the modalities for any such movement.â€
Those at the meeting
Among those who attended the meeting were:Â Atiku, Senator Ben Obi, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, Chief Tom Ikimi, Princess Funke Adedoyin, Basher Yusuf and Alhaji Yahaya Kwande, Senator Suleiman Nazif, Mr. Omar Shittien, Mr. Dubem Onyia and Chief Dapo Sarumi.
Others included Chief Ejiofor Onyia, Alhaji Umar Kareto, Prince Tonye Princewill, Alhaji Saleh Shehu, Alhaji Hassan Zurmi, Chief Bode Ojewole, Professor Sayed Malik, Chief Peter Okocha, Mr. Greg Agu, SenatorÂ Abba Ali, Dr. Abdul Ladan, Alhaji Alli Oyedeji, Ambassador Bayo Yusuf, Mr. Jiai K. Audu, Alhaji Sani Ango, Mr. Albert Atirwurchi, Kashim M. Jidda, Chief Lynn Nathan
Also there were Alhaji Yahaya Saâ€™ad, Chief James Iniama, Mrs.Â Titi Ajanaku, Mr. O. Aroâ€“Lambo, Prince Kayode Olowu, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Colonel Musa Mohammed (rtd), General Jaâ€™afaru Isa (rtd), Chief (Dr) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya and Martins Bababale.