- President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state of Katsina has been flooded with posters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
- The posters have reportedly been sighted at the Peoples Democratic Party secretariat in the state, and at other locations
- A group in the opposition party has also sent out an urgent message to the former vice president, to return to the party
Ahead of 2019, posters of ex-Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, have flooded Katsina state, Punch reports.
This development comes amidst attempts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to woo the former VP back into the opposition party’s fold.
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NAIJ.com gathers that the posters have been sighted on the premises of the PDP secretariat in Katsina, and on other areas along Kano road; bearing various inscriptions such as ‘Wazirin, we earnestly want you back in PDP,’ ‘Atiku, political son of Katsina state for 2019,’ and ‘Wazirin, the bridge builder.’
A statement issued by a group called ‘PDP Concerned Elders Consultative Forum,’ and signed by its chairman, Hussaini Dambo, sent an urgent message to Atiku to return to the opposition party.
It read in part: “The forum wishes to acknowledge and appreciate the unmistakable fact that the Wazirin Adamawa is a ‘political’ son of Katsina state to say the least and for obvious reasons, which are not worthy of reiteration here.
“More importantly, the forum wishes to appreciate the historical fact that the Wazirin Adamawa has made varied indelible contributions to the foundation and development of the PDP and indeed that of democratic politics in Nigeria for decades.
“This is not only worth being remembered but it is also imperative to the current struggle being made by the PDP to wriggle back to become the mainstream political party in Nigeria.
“Also, the history of defences given to the struggle to sustain democracy in Nigeria’s recent past cannot adequately be written without a serious mention of the immense contributions of this great gentleman, who was in the frontline against those who at one time or the other, chose to truncate the noble path of sustainable democracy in our national body polity.
“In light of the foregoing undeniable facts, we the members of this forum, together with our delegates and millions of supporters wish to present this S.O.S call to His Excellency, the Wazirin Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to return to the PDP without further ado!
“We pray that he hearkens to our call, and we seek the credible indulgence of the PDP to receive him with open arms in order to ensure a successful rebirth of the party.”
However, in a meeting which was chaired by the Katsina PDP chairman, Alhaji Salisu Majigiri, at the state secretariat on Monday, November 20, there was no statement made about Atiku’s return.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the South-west chapter of the Nigeria Youth Coalition called on Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president of Nigeria, to return to the Peoples Democratic Party.
NYC declared that Abubakar should return to PDP ‘as soon as possible’ because he may find it difficult to secure the presidential slot of the PDP if he fails to participate in the party’s December National Convention.
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