By Emmanuel Aziken
ABUJAâ€”Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied ever apologizing to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other leaders of the Action Congress (AC) for reportedly making an attempt to leave the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reacting to a newspaper report (not Vanguard) that he Atiku, apologized to the AC leaders for his reported romance with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku described the report as a mischief as he affirmed that he never begged anyone to help him return to the PDP.
â€œMy so-called romance with the PDP, as well as, having to beg Obasanjo to facilitate my re-absorption into the PDP is totally false. So there was no basis at all for me to apologize to any one in AC for something that is untrue.
The matter never came up at the meeting at all and I wonder why a newspaper would concoct such a story,â€ Atiku said in a statement released by his media office in Abuja yesterday.
The reaction was in response to alleged distortions of the deliberations of a closed door meeting of AC leaders in Abuja where Atiku was alleged to have apologized to the AC leaders, including Senator Bola Tinubu, the immediate past Governor of Lagos State.
Affirming that he had spent the last two years reaching out to patriots, democrats and reform-minded individuals and groups across the political spectrum to team up and to rescue the ship of state from the precipice.
â€œI have always recognized that no single individual or group or opposition political party can successfully and fundamentally alter the present political landscape. Hence my decision to reach out to people of various political persuasions with shared belief in good governance, social justice and the rule of law,â€.
â€œI never begged Obasanjo or any other person to help me to return to the PDP. When this allegation was first reported in the newspaper, the former President called me and asked me to disregard it. And I did. So why should I then be apologizing to my colleagues in AC for something I did not do?â€ Atiku asked.
Atiku said he would continue to work tirelessly for the unity, progress and development of this country. The ongoing realignment of forces within the ranks of the opposition, he said, was aimed at saving the country from imminent collapse as a result of poor leadership, rampant corruption, a grossly deficient electoral system that turns winners to losers and a mindset that sees governance as an endless feast.