Atiku defects to PDP

"While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced", Atiku said in a statement.

It is widely believed that Mr. Abubakar's may be gunning for the PDP's presidential ticket.

"I think Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has lost touch with reality; I think he needs to check again".

"Whatever happens in another party does not concern me. By any law or the party's guidelines, I'm not excluded".

In Sunday's statement, Abubakar criticized the APC for letting down the Nigerian people by failing to create a strong economy and jobs, especially for the young, with one quarter of 18-25 year olds unemployed.

Onochie, in her response, faulted the claims that the Federal Government has failed the people, saying the APC was trying to fix the mistakes of the previous administrations. "Wait for the time when everybody will be on his own, you will see the influx of people into the PDP", he said.

He spoke on the bitter contest for the party's chairmanship, probably the most risky threat since the Supreme Court ruling saved the party from extinction; and on his rival former Governor Ali Modu-Sheriff, whom he said had sponsors in the APC.

Among the reasons Atiku gave for his defection was that the issues which made him leave the PDP in 2014 had been resolved and that the ruling party has failed the Nigerian people.

Also in this edition, former resident electoral commissioner for Ondo and Lagos states, Akin Orebiyi, shared insights on his experience, while ex-Nigerian national team captain, Segun Odegbami, revisited the COJA scandal, describing it as "the looting of our commonwealth".

Although APC leaders have noted that there would be no automatic ticket for him, the question observers are asking borders on the chances of Buhari, and by extension, the ruling APC to retain power at the centre if the President officially declares to run and eventually picks the party's ticket.

  • Jon Douglas