Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has replied the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its comments on his defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he left PDP for the good and would not return again.
While fielding questions from newsmen shortly after registering with the APC at Kolere Unit of Jada 1 ward in Jada local government area yesterday, Atiku was emphatic that with the coming of APC, new dawn has been heralded in the nation’s politics.
The PDP had on Tuesday likened the defection of the former vice president to APC to that of someone on a voyage, declaring that he (Atiku) would in no distant time come back to the party.
His defection, the second in eight years, Atiku noted, “is coming after nationwide consultations with political associates over of which majority of them wanted me to join forces with the APC”.
“After consultation, it is time to move to APC. Let the bridge-building continue,” as , he expressed his disappointment with the PDP, who according to him have derailed from the ideals of its founding fathers, adding that he had been unjustifiably excluded and denied his rights and privileges as a former vice president.
“PDP has drifted from its ideals of the founding fathers, which I am one. I will not return to it, they are just confused and rattled by my sudden defection, so they can say anything about my defection, let’s forget about them,” Atiku had said.