Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Atiku restates commitment to APC

Former vice president and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, denied allegation that he is under pressure to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), restating his commitment to the APC.
A national daily (not Daily Independent), on Tuesday, published a story that the former vice president is being wooed by President Goodluck Jonathan to return to the party on which platform he served as two-term vice president.

However, Atiku, in a response on Tuesday, said the news was not true.

He said in a statement issued by his media office in Abuja that his commitment to the APC and the success of its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and other candidates of the party in the general elections is unwavering.

“I remain irrevocably committed to the APC, as I promised in my concession speech at the conclusion of our party’s presidential primaries, and has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates of our great party,” Atiku was quoted to have said.

The Turaki Adamawa’s purported return to the PDP or any other party, the statement noted, was the handiwork of mischief makers focused on pitching the former number two man against other leaders of the opposition party.

Atiku said for the avoidance of doubts, he is unequivocally committed to the unity of APC and that it will take more than the antics of mischief-makers to break that bond.

He noted that his return from Adamawa, where he convened a stakeholders’ meeting and reconciled disagreeing camps within the party, towards ensuring victory for the APC, bears eloquent testimony of this commitment.

The statement reminded that the former vice president currently supports the financial operations of the APC in many states, in most cases as a sole financier.

“I have backed my words and commitment with my resources to ensure that I bring my influence and support to bear on our party’s march to victory at all levels in the general election.

“That should be enough to shut up mischief makers bent on derailing the APC’s success at the March 28 and April elections,” he said.

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