Emerging report indicates that
commercial flight operations were on Saturday, temporarily paralysed at
the Yola Airport, as thousands of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members
took over the Airport to welcome former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar,
who resigned earlier on Friday, from the ruling All Progressives
Atiku, who arrived the Airport in a
chartered flight at 12 noon, was sandwiched by PDP members and
supporters, whom held him ‘hostage’ for several hours, chanting praises
and announcing the death of APC in the country.
The State Chairman of the PDP, Abubakar
Tahir Shehu, who led the party members to receive the former Vice
President, told Journalists that the journey to recover PDP’s stolen
mandate from the ruling APC, has commenced with the return of Atiku.
He said that Atiku would be given a fair
and level playing ground with all other stakeholders, and that his
return has changed the political narratives in the State and the
However, reacting to Atiku’s resignation
from the APC, the State APC leadership described his exit as a big
blessing to the party, saying it has opened up chances for other members
that left due to his presence, to return.
Adamawa APC Organising Secretary, Ahmed
Lawan, said in Yola, that Atiku was not only a liability, but also a
political cancer that killed the fortunes of the party in parts of the
He stated that many APC members left the
party when the former Vice President decamped from the PDP and joined
it, pointing out that APC has been praying for his exit from the party.
Lawan contended that with Atiku’s exit,
the era of political terrorism has come to an end in the party, adding:
“We in APC have succeeded in auctioning out a political property that
has lost value. We have been shopping for buyers long ago, thanks to PDP
for rescuing us from the waiting political disaster in the party come
2019”, he stated.
He dismissed insinuations that Governor
Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, might decamp together with Atiku, saying the
Governor won in 2015 against Atiku’s candidate.