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No regrets going back to PDP – Atiku

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—FORMER Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he had no regrets returning to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Alhaji Atiku, who spoke in an interview with newsmen in Benin City weekend, where he attended the 66th birthday of former Foreign Affairs Minister and AC Chieftain, Chief Tom Ikimi, said  his decision to rejoin the PDP was informed by the wish of majority of his political associates.

“That is the wish of my political associates all over the country. And for my supporters being angry that I am going back to the PDP, well, that is politics and you don’t have to agree with each and every one of us, all the time,” the former vice president said.

Vanguard was reliably informed the former vice president’s meeting with his  associates  lasted for several hours as it gave him the opportunity to explain his decision to go back to the PDP after several efforts made to form a mega party that would have served as a strong opposition to the PDP failed.

It was learnt that Atiku, who is mobilizing his followers ahead the 2011 presidential election, informed them that he acknowledged the difficulty being faced by some of his associates who are still in Action Congress, but, however, expressed confidence that they would be able to sort out issues before the end of the year.

Vanguard gathered that it would be difficult for his associates as Chief Ikimi to return to the PDP after what he experienced politically in the hands of the former Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.
Vanguard further learnt that Ikimi found himself in a political quagmire, particularly now that his party, AC, is in power in Edo State and may not want to hurriedly dump the party which he laboured to build.

Other dignitaries at the birthday included Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Pius Odubu, Majority Leader in the State House of Assembly, Philip Shuaibu, former Secretary to the State Government, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, members of the state executive council and House of Assembly.


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