President Buhari expressed sympathy to
Oyegun over exit of Atiku from the APC, the former vice president
announced his resignation from APC last week
There is speculation he might be moving
to the PDP President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sympathy to
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun over the resignation of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Atiku resigned from the ruling
APC on Friday, November 24, in a statement that was made public.
The Punch reports that the president
chose the venue of the inauguration of the Ama Pepple-led National
Minimum Wage Committee to convey his sympathy to the party chairman who
joined top government officials for the event.
Although he did not mention Atiku by
name, it was evident he was referring to the former vice president.
Buhari said: “Accept my sympathy for losing a senior member of your
It was reported that Atiku had resigned
from the APC since October 18 before making his position known more than
a month after. In his resignation letter, he said: “I had hope that the
APC government would make improvements to the lives of our people and
the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible
This hope has now been dashed. “I’m
unable to reconcile myself with the dismal performance of the party in
government, especially in relation to the continued polarisation of our
people along the ethnic and religious lines, which is threatening our
unity more than any other time in the recent past, and the unbearable
hardship that our people are currently undergoing.
“Let me emphasise again that this is not
about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead
it. “While wishing you well, let me express the hope that in the near
future, a substantial number of you will join forces with us to, once
again, defeat impunity, and restore vision and purpose to the politics
of our great country.”
Meanwhile, Atiku said he will not
disregard the advice by Goodluck Jonathan for him to go and beg Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo, his media adviser has said.