Atiku’s exit from APC will not affect party, stakeholders say

Some stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi said exit of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from the party would not destabilise it.

In a statement personally signed by him in Abuja on Friday, Atiku announced his resignation from the APC, claiming that he had been marginalised in the party.

He did not, however, indicate his next step in politics, but it is speculated that he would declare for another political party in his ward in Adamawa at the weekend.

The stakeholders told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki that Atiku’s departure would not rock the party nor affect its chances in the 2019 general elections.

A former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Egwu Chima, said that the action of the former vice president did not demonstrate leadership, adding that his departure from the APC was unfortunate.

“The information just filtered in and I don’t have details of reasons for Atiku’ s action. However, APC fortunes in 2019 will not be affected by his resignation.

“The party remains a party of the moment; APC remains a party that is focused.

“APC remains the party that is giving Nigerians direction in leadership, fighting corruption in all facets and reorganizing the economic system.

“APC government is reorganizing and repositioning the bureaucracy, strengthening the economy and restoring the country back from pariah status.

“It is unfortunate, and I say unfortunate that somebody of the status of Atiku Abubakar, who is one of the earliest founders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has been moving from party to party.

“He was with the late Musa Yar’Adua and founded the PDM, formed PDP, left for Action Congress and from there back to PDP and again to APC where his jumping out from now

“Such action doesn’t make someone look like a leader and for me I don’t admire such qualities,” Chima said.

On his part, former Commissioner for Environment in the state, Dr Paul Okorie, said the former vice president’s exit from the APC was not a good lesson.

“Well, Alhaji Atiku Abubaka just exercised his freedom of right to belong to associations and that includes political parties.

“He may have an ambition he hoped to achieve in APC which he may have seen as being threatened and hence his decision.

“Having dropped from the APC’s moving train, the party moves on, and as he leaves, many others are coming into the party.

“It is all about his personal interest and conviction. I am wishing him well as he commences fresh political expedition.

“However, his dumping the APC will not distract the party nor limit its chances of victory at the 2019 general election,” Okorie said.

Acting Chairman of APC in the state, Mr Eze Nwachukwu, said: “Atiku is an accomplished politician and must take responsibility for his actions; I have nothing much to say.

“One thing is clear and that is that APC is bigger and larger than one individual or group of individuals and I wish him well.”

Atiku challenged President Muhammadu Buhari for the APC ticket in the build-up to the 2015 elections. (NAN)