By Chinenyeh Ozor
Mixed reactions have continued to trail former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar return to PDP on Sunday after dumping the party since 2014.
Prof Aloysius Okolie, Senior Lecturer and former head of department, Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka told Vanguard in Nsukka that Atiku’s return to PDP was a big blow to the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) as many of his supporters would follow him to PDP.
“Atiku, former Vice-President of the country and successful business mogul have imparted positively to many of his subordinates and, there is no doubt that many of his supporters to reposition PDP for the 2019 general elections in the country.
“His return to PDP shows that democracy is working in the country as people can change their political party when they feel it’s no longer living up to their expectations
“It is indisputable that Atiku returned to PDP to see if he can actualize his presidential ambition come 2019 having seen it will be impossible for him to get presidential ticket in APC, ” he said.
Mr Fabian Onah, the PDP Chairman in Nsukka LGA described Atiku return to PDP as a welcome development, saying that Atiku having tested PDP and APC had known that PDP is better.
“Atiku’ s reason for dumping the ruling party is an indication that APC has failed to deliver its campaign promises to Nigerians as well as expectations of some of its members.
“it is also an indication that the possibility of PDP reclaiming power from the APC controlled centre in 2019 is gradually becoming a reality as many of Atiku supporters will join him in PDP, ” he said.
Mr Joseph Ugwuoke, APC chairman in Nsukka LGA said APC would lose nothing in Atiku’s return to PDP, adding that APC will even be more united and focused .
“Atiku leaving APC was because it has been clear to him that he can not get APC presidential ticket in 2019.
“His aim of returning to PDP is to see if he will be given PDP presidential ticket as Atiku is desperate to become the president of this country.
“if he fails to pick PDP presidential ticket he may dump PDP again and join another party or even come back to APC, ” he said.
Mrs Njideka Ugwu, a human rights activist said that no politicians would remain in a party where he or she would not actualise the political ambition.
“To me Atiku dumped APC because his dream of joining APC in the first place can no longer be achieved as the party will give President Mohammadu Buhari automatic ticket in 2019.
“Atiku having seen that PDP has zoned presidency to the north in 2019 wants to cash on it to pull legs with President Buhari in 2019 general elections in the country if given the ticket in PDP
“My problem with politicians in Nigeria is that, they do not have the interest of the country at heart but to enrich themselves and driven by the quest to satisfy their personal interest or ambitions that is why many of them change parties at random,” he said.
It would be recalled that, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku who dumped PDP for APC in 2014, returned to PDP on Sunday December 3, 2017.
Source: Vanguard News