IBB Okays Atiku’s Return To PDP

By Ikenga Chronicles December 7, 2017

IBB Okays Atiku’s Return To PDP

Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, has given a nod to the dramatic return of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Babangida gave the approval on Wednesday when Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, accompanied by the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, and top officials of the party met him at his country home in Minna, Niger State.

“I have here, the chairman of the caretaker committee, former chairman of Kaduna State, the Chairman of convention planning committee, the Governor of Delta State with the officials for the convention, I am glad they are working hard and I have seen that they want to make sure that the convention of the PDP is rancour-free, transparent and everybody will be given a level playing ground,” IBB said.

He also talked about the return of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the PDP, saying “he is a Nigerian, he is allowed to go to any party and our constitution allows it, so, it is not new and there is nothing wrong for the politician to move from one party to another.”

Makarfi disclosed that the visit was in line with the tradition of the PDP where elders and leaders of the party are consulted for the right decisions to be taken.

“In the PDP, we respect leaders, General Babangida has always been with us and it is the tradition of the party to be consulting with our leaders that is why we are here today to brief him on the arrangement we have made and take whatever advice he gives for conducting a credible and transparent convention.

The success story so far is a confirmation of series of interaction with leaders and founding members of the party,” Makarfi said.

Okowa assured that the convention will be successful, stating, “A lot has been put on the ground for a successful convention to be held. We thank the Caretaker Committee of our party because they have done a lot ahead of the inauguration on Monday and since then, we have held several meetings.”

“As at today, we are confident that we are on course; in terms of trying to provide all that has to be done on Saturday. We are going to have exciting convention, there is no doubt about that. Everything concerning the electoral process has been put in place, the accreditation team by today will get the last list of the statutory delegates from Osun and Anambra States,” he said.