Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has said that he will not disregard the advice by Goodluck Jonathan for him to go and beg Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. It was reported that Jonathan advised Atiku that to be successful in his presidential bid, he needed to reach out and beg Obasanjo.
Although the former vice president has not formerly indicated the party he was moving to after he resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC), there are strong indications that he would move to the PDP. The Punch reports that Mazi Paul Ibe who is the media adviser to Atiku who spoke on his behalf said his principal has not ruled out the possibility of engaging with his former boss. He described Atiku as a master of building relationships and would not mind carrying everyone along. He said: “His Excellency, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, is a savvy politician and he will not discountenance the importance of carrying everybody along in order to build a consensus.”
Meanwhile, Atiku described President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as a big threat to national unity. In the letter, Atiku said his decision to quit the ruling party was not about him but about the future of the country as a democratic entity. “I am unable to reconcile myself with the dismal performance of the party in government, especially in relation to the continued polarization of our people along ethnic and religious lines, which is threatening our unity more than any other time in the recent past and the unbeatable hardship that our people are currently undergoing.”