Finally, Atiku Abubakar defects to APC

The fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to decline as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Sunday resigned his membership of the party citing continued impunity and denial of rights by the party.

Announcing his resignation from PDP, Atiku, in a statement yesterday, called on his associates and friends to also join APC.
In the statement titled, “After Consultations, It is Time to Move to APC”, the former vice-president said: “Let the bridge building continue.”

“Following this extensive consultative process, I have, therefore, decided to cast my lot with the APC, a party of change committed to the improvement of the lives of our people and to the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible country. My resignation letter as a member of the PDP will be delivered to the party tomorrow (today).

“This is the right decision. As in 2006, it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and decision. Let me emphasise that this is not about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead it, but as it is today, we may be losing this country. That is not acceptable.

“I encourage my political associates and friends to register and join the APC once the registration exercise commences, so that together we can change this country for the better.

“The process of building a nation, of securing and deepening democracy, is indeed difficult. And it is not a lineal process. There would be alignment and realignment of political forces. There would be ups and downs and zig-zags, triumphs and challenges. Amidst all that, patriots must remain focused and do what has to be done to save and build the country and serve our people better,” he said.