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Atiku returns to PDP, meets Ogbulafor

ABUJA— FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar yesterday stormed the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to formally intimate the party’s National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor of his return to the party.

The former Action Congress, AC, Presidential candidate in the 2007 presidential elections who was received amidst wide jubilation by staff of the secretariat, had discussions with Ogbulafor and some members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party on his dumping of AC for the party he was a founding member.

Atiku was accompanied to the party’s secretariat by supporters and loyalists among whom were Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, former National Treasurer of the party, Umar Lawan Kareto, among others. The supporters carried placards with inscription, “PDP youth is strongly behind you”, “Turaki, you are welcome back to PDP”, “Baba, you are welcome back home. This is where you belong”, “We really missed your leadership style”.

Answering questions from newsmen at the end of his parley with Ogbulafor, Atiku who noted that he was back fully to the family of PDP last week, said, “It is my party, so I am back.”

The interactive session with newsmen went thus:

Can you tell us why you are here?

Atiku: “Yes it is my party, so I am back. I went to inform him formally that I have returned to the party since last week”

Now that you are back, what is your interest?

Atiku: “Allow me to settle down first”

Was there any condition on your return Atiku: “No conditionality at all”.

Also speaking with newsmen on the visit of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the Wadata Plaza, the PDP national Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor who noted that he was welcomed to the party, stressed that the PDP was a political party and an office that is open to all Nigerians, adding, “this is a political party, it is an office and it is open to all Nigerians, the umbrella is large enough to accommodate all.”

Ogbulafor who disclosed that he discussed many things with Atiku, however reiterated that the party’s constitution was supreme in this case, adding that the party has a constitution and there are provisions in it that stipulate what must be done if a member was suspended from the party or left and now ready to come back.

According to him, “I cannot set terms or conditions for him, the party’s constitution is there and we will refer to it.”

It would be recalled that former Vice President, Atiku dumped the PDP as a foundation member and a member of the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC in 2006 for the Action Congress following some irreconcilable differences between him and former President Olusegun Obasanjo especially from the third term imbroglio.

He later became the Presidential Candidate of the Action Congress in the 2007 Presidential election where he lost to President Umaru Yar’Adua who contested on the platform of his former party, the PDP.


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