*No conclusion on that yet- Kaita
*It is mere rumour -Akande
*Nobody betrayed him -Balarabe Musa
By Chioma Gabriel, Deputy Editor
Perceived insincerity by those he thought were on the same platform with him to form the once hyped Mega Party Â Â Â may have been the real reason why former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is going back to PDP, according to sources that spoke with Saturday Vanguard.
Former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Osun state Governor Bisi Akande and former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Olu Falae and Balarabe Musaâ€™s noncompliance with the necessary changes required for the formation ofÂ theÂ Mega Party that will make all membersÂ equal has left former Vice President Atiku Abubakar standing alone and might be the reason why he is consideringÂ return to PDP.
Our source revealed that â€œ Atiku Abubakar was left standing aloneÂ in the Mega Party because others refused to comply with the necessary changes that would bindÂ together all the political groups that were part of the Mega Party Summit Movement.â€
Our source also claims that ab initio, the Mega Party Summit Movement wanted to use the AC platform but the owners of AC refused to make it available for the party.
â€œWe planned to retainÂ the ACÂ logo, then dissolve the NEC, have a new national office, dissolve the leadership of AC and organise new congresses so that everybody coming from the parties would have equal rights but the owners of AC would not accept that. The report we gotÂ from the National Executive Committee said that AC is not ready to succumb to Mega Party changes.â€
Another source accused the owners of AC of holding on to their party, and even recalled that was the reason why the former Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu never showed interest in either the AC or the so-called Mega Party from the onset.
â€œKalu from the beginning reckoned that AC is Tinubuâ€™s party and decided that since Tinubu is using AC to push for the political interests of the South West, it would be better for him to find his own platform and that was how he muted the idea of Progressive Peoples Alliance , PPA, and that was also after he has seen that the AllÂ Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA was beginning to have leadership crisis whichÂ affected their performance in 2003 and 2007 general elections. Kalu had said then that if Tinubu would use AC to watch his back yard, he ( Kalu) was also going to use PPA to watch his own backyard.â€
Our source opined that obviously former Vice President Atiku Abubakar did not notice these undertones from the onset or he had hoped to change them but he realised they were strongly rooted when the opposition movement refused to succumb to the necessary changes needed to move the Mega Party forward.
The perceivedÂ insincerity, according to the source was further confirmed when AC key leaders were conspicuously absent at the Mega Party summit held in Abuja 31st March.
â€œAlthough the former Vice President tried to make excuses for the absence of key AC chieftains , it became glaringly clear that the AC may have lost interest in the Mega Party Summit Movement and hence their absence was deliberate.
â€œThe meeting that held on 31st March which Atiku attendedÂ was just a show because I donâ€™t see his membership of theÂ party becoming a reality although it is stillÂ being considered as an alternative to hisÂ return to PDP.â€
Besides the Action Congress, our source pointed out that the other political groups who were part of the initial move to form the Mega Party have since moved on.
Former Head Of State, Muhammadu Buhari is holding on to his own Congress for Progressive Change and a new party National Democratic Movement because he would not subject himself to changes in the Mega party either. Already, Buhari has left the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and has been identified with the newly-registered Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) after a dismal outing in 2007 presidential election and a perceived betrayal by his former party the ANPP.
Chief Olu Falae, Saturday Vanguard also learnt, has move on with his party the Democratic Peoples Alliance, DPA and is no more interested in the Mega Party.
Our source also revealed that currently, Alhaji Balarabe Musa andÂ Pat Utomi have opened up negotiation with the Labour Party. â€œOnly Atiku Abubakar is remaining and he has a serious decision to take. All the Atiku political associates are neck deep in consultation at their constituenciesâ€
Saturday Vanguard learnt that a decision would be reached next Tuesday on the matter.
Our source further disclosed that no overtures were made by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to have the former Vice President return to PDP.
â€œPDP is no longer what it was. The frustrations that forced Atiku out of the party is being addressed. He wants to go back to continue in the rebuilding of the party and this is the time to do it. He has thought over everything and is seriously considering the PDP but I cannot say that discussions with theÂ Mega Party are over. However, there are strong considerations to go back to PDP but that decision is not yet final.â€
What remained to be discovered is how PDP would receive Atiku when he finally takes his decisionÂ and how the issues in his Adamawa base would affect him. The former Vice President is not known to be enjoying the support of political elites in his Adamawa state of origin but our source said everything has beenÂ taken care of.
â€œThere have been some improvements in Adamawa and reconciliations with the political elites including the Governor with whom he met recently. The face of PDP is changing and there are three offices of the party thereâ€.
Our source however could not say for sure the way things are between the former Vice President and senator Jubril Aminu with whom he had strong issues in the state.
â€œI cannot say for sure that all is well between Atiku and Jubril Aminu but I can tell you that things are changing positively for PDP in Adamawa.”
The journey for his return started last Monday when the former Vice President met over 50Â ofÂ his political associates for five hoursÂ in Abuja with a decision to hold further consultations with their teeming supporters nationwide on the political future of the group.
Our source revealed that the former Vice President has been on reconciliation overtures which he tried with former President Obasanjo but failed and has gone ahead in recent times to meet the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on the same issue.
â€œThe national chairman ofÂ PDP, Vincent Ogbulafor has signified approval but his associates have to conclude consultations with their various constituencies because this will be a massive grand eventâ€