Atiku to Presidency:I’m Determined to Protect the PDP

Babangida Aliyu,AtikuFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has responded to the comment by Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak that the former vice president should be grateful to the PDP.Atiku who spoke through his Media Aide, Mallam Garba Shehu said he is truly indebted to PDP and that is why he is protecting the party now.
According to Shehu “ I just spoke with the former Vice President and his response is that he has heard Mr Gulak and he does not dispute the fact that he is indebted to the PDP but that the best way to continue to pay that debt is to protect PDP. He says ‘that is exactly what Iam doing: Protecting the PDP’.
Earlier in the day,Gulak said “I was surprised because Atiku is supposed to know more than another person that there is no party like PDP. He left PDP and went to ACN and he came back to PDP, because he discovered that outside PDP there is no party, so he had to come back and he was even given the waiver to contest the primaries election in 2011,”
He added “Atiku should be grateful to PDP. Atiku is indebted to PDP and the best way to continue to pay the debt is to protect PDP,” he added.
Gulak who also spoke on the need for dialogue in the party, however insisted that calling for the sack of Bamanga Tukur as national chairman was unrealistic. “You cannot remove the national chairman like that. He was elected and you will remember that of all the offices, INEC observed that only the position of the national chairman and the financial secretary was properly done and that is why we had do to the special national convention to properly elect the other officers. There are processes, there are provisions of the institution, there are electoral acts, we should not act outside the laws, we must act between the extant laws of the land,” he said.
“Because the PDP is a law abiding party, we must entrench internal democracy. You cannot come and say, remove Mr. A or Mr. B and you cannot say for example remove governor A, there are processes of removal, the constitution is clear about it”.
“That is why I said politics is about interests and whatever somebody says it’s how can his interest be protected and they have put on the table what they want, or put on the table what it should be and the leader has carefully listened and analyzed it and we keep on talking”,he added.

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