My Grudge With APC Presidential Campaign Team, Atiku Explains Absence From Buhari Campaign Tour

Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abibakar, has explained why he had not been part of the campaigns of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

He faulted the way the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation was going about with its activities, saying he had already spoken to its Director-General, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, over the matter.

Atiku was reacting to insinuations on why he was not actively involved in the Buhari campaign tour, insisting that things were not working the way he expected in the campaigns.

He, however, dissociated himself from the over-300 pro-Atiku groups said to have defected from the APC and joined the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), saying, “I don’t know them. I only know one person among them.”

He dismissed the rumour that President Goodluck Jonathan met him in his Yola family home to discuss the issue of an interim national government.

Atiku told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa that the issue of interim government was never discussed when the president paid him that surprise visit, but that Jonathan had only pleaded with him to return to the PDP.

The Turaki of Adamawa said just like during three other visits of the president to him, he told the president that “the ink had already dried up in the pen” and he was not going back to the PDP.

“He asked me to return to the PDP, that I was a founding member and had worked for the growth of the party, but I told him no. We never discussed interim government,” he said.

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