- The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the defection of Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress
- The opposition party welcomed the former vice president, but stated that there would be no automatic ticket for him to contest for the 2019 presidential election
- The party’s spokesman stated that there were constitutional processes which must be followed
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that it would not give an automatic ticket to the former vice president Atiku Abubakar, to contest for the 2019 presidential election, Punch reports.
The opposition party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, made the comments while reacting to the news of the former VP’s defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
NAIJ.com gathers that Adeyeye stated that even though his party was glad that Atiku Abubakar ‘had seen the light’, there were constitutional elements to be followed in the PDP.
He stated: “The PDP is a democratic party. If you come in, you are free to contest elections once you meet our constitutional requirements, but we can’t give our ticket to anybody like that.”
Adeyeye frther stated: “The PDP has the capacity to accommodate everybody. Our doors are open to him (Atiku) to come back to his home without any precondition.
“He is free to come back like every other Nigerian and we want to appeal to those who have not seen the truth and we are praying that they will soon see the truth, so that the truth will set them free.
“And as soon as they are free, let them come back.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
There had been speculation that the former vice president would dump the ruling party for the PDP, and he finally confirmed this via a statement.
Atiku stated that the promised change of the APC had failed to manifest; and that was why he was returning to the PDP.
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