DEPUTY Senate President,
Ike Ekweremadu, said the
return of former Vice President
Atiku Abubakar to the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, represents
a massive vote of no confidence
on the leadership capacity of the
ruling All Progressives Congress,
Ekweremadu also added that
the no confidence vote had long
been endorsed by the masses and
now by the cream of the APC
hierarchy and founding members.
The deputy Senate president, in
a statement by his Special Adviser
on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu,
described Atiku’s move as a
welcome development, not only
for the party, but to the nation’s
According to him, a better
Nigeria is unfolding with
the return of the former vice
Ppresident to the PDP.
“The dumping of the APC
by Alhaji Atiku is a welcome
development for the PDP, but
more importantly, Nigeria’s
“Nigeria is in dire need of a
rescue mission to rekindle hope
in our democracy, restore it on
the path of prosperity and halt
the worsening divisiveness that
threatens our corporate existence.
“I, therefore, enjoin all former
PDP faithful who left for
various reasons, as well as other
progressive-minded Nigerians to
emulate Alhaji Atiku, to reunite
under the umbrella to salvage the
nation because I see a new and
better Nigeria coming in 2019.
“I see a country where
corruption will be eradicated, a
nation that will be a pride to Africa
and admiration of the international
community, and a nation where
no man will be oppressed,
intimidated, persecuted or
sidelined on account of ethnicity,
religion or political persuasion.
No amount of desperation will
stop the will of God for Nigeria in
2019,” he said.
It would be recalled that the
former vice president announced
his return to the PDP on Facebook
on Sunday, following what he
called his consultations with party
leaders and stakeholders from
across the country.
The former vice president’s
statement reads in part: “Hello, my
name is Atiku Abubakar…I joined
the APC as I had hoped it would
be the new force that would help
improve life for our people and
I was excited about the party’s
manifesto to create three million
new jobs a year.
“The result has not been the
change people had been promised
or voted for, as in the last two years
almost three million Nigerians
have lost their jobs.
“And today with a record 25
percent of people aged 18-25
unemployed I can see how difficult
it is for our youths to find a job.
“The key to creating jobs is a
strong economy and that is what
we are currently lacking.
“So today I want to let you know
that I am returning home to the
PDP as the issues that led me to
leave it have now been resolved
and it is clear that the APC has let
the Nigerian people, and especially
our young people, down”.
DEPUTY Senate President,