AS THE crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC deepens, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has alleged a plot by some individuals and groups in the ruling to pit him against President Muhammadu Buhari for their selfish interests.
Atiku warned yesterday that it was dangerous for such individuals or groups in APC to constitute themselves into an opposition even before the constitution and commencement of Buhari’s government.
According to him, the interplay of forces and interests tin APC, which he describes as dynamic, must not be promoted to the point of being a threat to “our democracy and the new administration.”
In a statement issued by his media office Mr. Paul Ibe in Abuja, yesterday, Atiku, who acknowledged that “it is legitimate and desirable for individuals or groups to seek to pursue their interests,” stressed that “it must be done with the benefit of sustaining our democracy and promoting equity, fair play and justice in mind.
“Anything to the contrary may jeopardise our hard-earned democracy and constitute a clog in the wheel of the new administration’s progress,” Atiku said.
He said because of the historic nature of the mandate given to President Buhari by Nigerians, APC members must rally behind him in his “quest to enthrone good governance that will spur security and stability, economic and social development, job creation, infrastructure renewal and above all a better life for Nigerians.”
Ibe exonerated Atiku of hijacking the party and the National Assembly ahead of 2019, describing the allegation as a figment of the imagination of those promoting it and asked Nigerians to ignore it.
He said: “In politics, it is a mistake to expect fixed outcomes. As the President has done, let’s all come to terms with what has happened in the interest of the system and move on.
“Suffice it to say that the new administration should be allowed a smooth take off and be allowed the atmosphere to deliver. On this, I stand with President Buhari.
“Not only did Atiku Abubakar congratulate Buhari after his emergence as the presidential candidate of the APC at the party’s national convention in Lagos, he also handed over his best assets to the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation. The former Vice President enthusiastically handled the diplomatic assignment of seeking endorsement for Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina as the President of the African Development Bank on behalf of President Buhari and would be available for any other assignments as the President pleases.
“Make no mistake about it. Atiku Abubakar holds Buhari in the highest esteem, and would always remain loyal to him, and support him in every endeavour to succeed as president.
“We, the members of the President’s own family need to lead in this direction for others to follow for the good of our nation and its peoples.”
“Atiku Abubakar denounced the increasing determination of some people to draw a wedge between President Buhari and himself.
“It has become crystal clear even to the blind that the motives of these hatchet men who are desperate to take every available newspaper space is to insult, vilify and calumniate the former Vice President.
“We cannot allow liars, denigrators and blackmailers and their sponsors to use Atiku as platform to ingratiate themselves with President Buhari and hijack

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