Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar may be on his way out of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He recently met with former President Goodluck Jonathan in furtherance of that objective, according to a report by Thisday newspaper. The Scoop has not been able to independently verify the story.
According to the report, which quoted an unnamed source:
- The meeting was initiated by Atiku. This shouldn’t come as a surprise – Atiku has never been known to be loyal to any party if he believes that moving would help his ambition.
- However. Atiku is said to be insisting that he would only join the PDP on the condition that he is guaranteed the party’s presidential ticket.
- Jonathan reportedly advised Atiku to consider returning to the PDP early enough to “enable him to fulfil the eligibility condition in the party’s constitution and also have ample time to integrate his political structure into the PDP’s.”
- There have been reports that PDP members have been wooing the former VP, advising him to move to the PDP where he stands a better chance as Pres. Buhari is likely to be given the right of first refusal by he APC. “The secret discussions are ongoing with a wing of the leadership of the PDP and this has encouraged the former vice-president to start consultations with critical leaders in the northern and southern parts of the country,” the report said. “However, Atiku has informed the PDP leaders who have approached him to guarantee him the nomination of the party for the presidential election before he can leave the APC, as he does not want to be messed up for the third time.”