Published August 4, 2020
The camps of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwwaso have declared that their principals are not thinking of returning to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
As Atiku and Saraki, the camp of former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, also described the APC as a sinking ship that is on a downward journey and not attractive to anybody.
Recalls that the APC in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena on Sunday, noted that its doors were open to receive all former members who left the party and are willing to stage a comeback.
However, the aides of Atiku, Saraki, and former Kano State governor Kwankwaso have disclosed that their principals are not considering returning to the party.
In a media chat on Monday, Atiku who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Paul Ibe, said there is no truth in certain rumours that Atiku Abubakar is planning to return to APC.
Atiku’s spokesman said his boss will not return to a “sinking ship.”
“It is not true. His Excellency Atiku Abubakar will not return to a sinking ship. All of these shenanigans are to distract Nigerians from its (APC-led government) monumental failures at governance that has left our people poorer to the extent that we are now the poverty capital of the world,” he said.
“Its leadership of the last five years has left our country more insecure and more divided than at any other time. Its policies have made more people jobless and compromised our sovereignty. “Going back to the APC is like willingly opting to go to hell,” he added.
Similarly, an aide of Saraki who spoke under the condition of anonymity said the former Senate President has been abroad with his family and reports linking him with a possible return to the APC is nothing but lies.
“They want to divert people from their party crises and the failure of the Buhari-led administration, hence the diversionary tactics. Dogara has a unique problem with his governor. There is no plan between oga and the former speaker on this defection. The PDP is better than APC. APC is not attractive to anybody now,” he said.
Comrade Aminu Abdussalam, the spokesman of Kwankwaso, also said no right-thinking politician will join the APC that is on the verge of disintegration.
“To the best of my knowledge, I’m not aware that they have consulted His Excellency, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Engineer Kwankwaso is a bonafide member of the PDP. More so, how do you expect anybody in his right senses to join APC at this material time?
“APC is on its downward journey, the party is at the state of disintegration, it is suffering from self-inflicted injury and there is nothing they can do now to rectify it. They have destroyed everything and compounded our security problems.”