ABUJAâ€” FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar yesterday stormed the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to formally intimate the partyâ€™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 partyâ€™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, â€œPDP youth is strongly behind youâ€, â€œTuraki, you are welcome back to PDPâ€, â€œBaba, you are welcome back home. This is where you belongâ€, â€œWe really missed your leadership styleâ€.
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, â€œIt is my party, so I am back.”
The interactive session with newsmen went thus:
Can you tell us why you are here?
Atiku: â€œYes it is my party, so I am back. I went to inform him formally that I have returned to the party since last weekâ€
Now that you are back, what is your interest?
Atiku: â€œAllow me to settle down firstâ€
Was there any condition on your return Atiku: â€œNo conditionality at allâ€.
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, â€œthis 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 partyâ€™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, â€œI cannot set terms or conditions for him, the partyâ€™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 partyâ€™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 Yarâ€™Adua who contested on the platform of his former party, the PDP.