APC leaders woo Atiku

As part of its membership drive, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress has concluded plan to woo former Vice President Atiku Abubakar into its fold.

Atiku, a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, was the presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, a party that was among the three political parties that merged to form the APC.

The other two political parties were the Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party.

The former Vice- President however returned to the PDP shortly before the presidential primaries of the PDP in 2010, which he lost to President Gododluck Jonathan.

Atiku was also a member of the aggrieved members of the PDP that walked out of the PDP mini convention in Abuja few months ago to form the New PDP.

Investigations by Punch showed that Atiku would receive the leaders of the APC at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja.

The spokesperson for the former Vice-President, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the visit.

He said, “Yes, the leadership of the APC would visit Turaki at his residence in Asokoro tomorrow (today) at 11am.”

If the leadership of the opposition party succeeds in wooing Atiku from the ruling party, he would be joining five other governors from the PDP to have defected to the opposition party.

Governors who have left the party are Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).