Makarfi: No Deal Made With Atiku as Precondition for His Return

Makarfi: No Deal Made With Atiku as Precondition for His Return

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday visited the headquarters of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) in Abuja where he met with the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Sen.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said yesterday that it will not give ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar automatic ticket to contest for the presidency, saying he has to follow all the laid down procedures to win the ticket.

Following a week of political horse trading and alignments; the quest of the South-West to produce the party chairman received a boost when at a gathering of PDP northern politicians recently, a case was made for the only zone yet to produce the chairman to be supported by delegates from the north.

"PDP men and women are free to pursue whatever aspirations they have".

Atiku while giving his speech said there has been speculations in the media that he will return "home" to the PDP and he has finally made the return. "The party will give level playing field for everybody to exercise their right to give mandate to whoever they want to give it to".

He also said that the issues that had forced him to defect to the APC about four years ago had been resolved in the PDP.

Okowa, who spoke in Abuja shortly after the inauguration of the various convention committees, said no campaign of any kind would be allowed at the convention.

He said the Eagle Square, where the event would hold, had been secured.


He urged the party members to "run away" from act that may negatively affect the convention.

Majority of the people TVC News spoke to described Atiku as a desperate politician who has come to the end of his career.

"There is no power of incumbency in Nigeria now".

The APC chieftain restated that the display of arrogance by some party leaders was not helping matters.

"The kind of arrogance being displayed in the then ruling party led some of us out of PDP in those days but we have now realised that it is even worse in APC".

"I believe there will be an appropriate convention for that".

Also, the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, declared that the board is ready to partner with the National Working Committee, Governors Forum and other stakeholders to ensure the success of the national convention.

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