FORMER Special Adviser
on Youths and Students’
Affairs to former President
Goodluck Jonathan,
Comrade Jude Imagwe, has
taken a swipe at the touted
return of an All Progressives
Congress chieftain and
former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar to the Peoples
Democratic Party.
Atiku until his defection
to APC was vice president
under PDP government
of Olusegun Obasanjo for
eight years.
Imagwe, in a statement
made available to newsmen
questioned Atiku reasons
and motive for attempting
a return to a party he
jettisoned with ignominy.
In the statement entitled,
‘Atiku, Why And What
is Your Motive,’ Imagwe
said, “I read about Atiku
‘s rumoured return to PDP
and I am inclined to ask him
some pertinent questions”
“The first question I will
ask him is why and the
second is what is/are his
He said, “Atiku should be
able to explain to Nigerians
why he wants to leave APC
back to PDP from where he
left. Is it for some altruistic
or selfish motive? He
should also explain why
he left PDP to APC and
why he has found PDP so
attractive now to actualise
his presidential ambition.
These explanations must
be guided and backed by
convincing evidence and
fact. He must explain
why he is not a constant
“When he answers these
questions, he must be able
to again tell Nigerians his
motives. He should tell us if
his motives are not realized,
will he again jump ship”.
Imagwe expressed regret
that Nigerian politicians
have for long taken
Nigerians for a ride, adding
“We wonder why these
politicians continue to
recycle themselves to the
detriment of youths whose
abundant potentials are
yet to be tapped. Without
looking out for young
ones who will contribute
meaningfully to the
development of the country,
we continue to recycle
politicians whose motives
are less altruistic.”
While challenging young
politicians to take a step
of faith and venture into
the presidential race,
Imagwe urged Gombe
State Governor, Ibrahim
Dankwambo, his Sokoto
State counterpart, Aminu
Tambuwal and Speaker of the
House of Representatives,
Yakubu Dogara, to accept
the challenge and not let the
youths down.
He added, “We have
Dankwambo, Tambuwal
and Dogara who are
relatively young and have
made their marks. The
youths expect them to rise
above their present position
and aspire for the highest
position in the country.

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