Atiku’s North-east associates, stakeholders reject PDP, back APC



Atiku-Abubakar-600x330Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday concluded his nationwide consultative meeting with that of the North-east geo-political zone in Bauchi.
The conclusion of the meetings came on a day that associates and stakeholders of the former Vice President from his own zone of North-east overwhelmingly rejected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and rooted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a preferred political platform.
Majority of the speakers at the Zaranda Hotel venue of the meeting having appraised the political situation in the country supported the former Vice President’s defection to APC.
And when the matter was put to a vote, as was done in previous meetings, the APC enjoyed 88% support as against 10% for the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and the PDP trailing in third place with only 2% of the votes.
Atiku had in his opening remarks informed his associates and stakeholders that the consultations, which was prompted by the visit of the leadership of the APC and the invitation extended to him.
He expressed appreciation to his associates and stakeholders for standing by him in “victory and in defeat” over the decades.
“You are the foot soldiers who will get the votes. You are central in our political process and that is why I have to come and consult with you in helping me to take perhaps the most difficult decision of my political life,” Atiku said.
Atiku had following the visit and invitation of the APC December last year commenced consultations at home and abroad on a possible defection to the opposition party.
But early in the year, he stepped up the tempo of the nationwide consultations meeting with his associates and stakeholders beginning with the North-west in Kaduna and followed by North-central in Abuja, South-east in Enugu, South-south in Benin, South-west in Ibadan and ending with the North-east in Bauchi yesterday.

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