A former Vice President and chieftain of the All progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has denied knowledge of the groups of politicians who announced their defection to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the APC.
Atiku said in a statement by his media office in Abuja that he remains a committed member of the APC and urged that the purported defections of these groups be discountenanced.
The political machinery of the former Vice President under the umbrella body, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku (AAA) and People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) in six states in the south-west Nigeria had declared their unwavering support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming presidential election.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday at a media briefing in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, in south-west Nigeria, the leader of the group, Bode Ajewole, said their support was based on the readiness of President Jonathan to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, as being demanded by the south-west region.
Ajewole further directed all the members in the six states and the Yar’adua political family in the APC, SDP, PDM, LP and AP to support and vote for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent president, Dr Jonathan, in the March 28 presidential election.
The leader of the collectives said the members still remained in their various parties, but hinted that the decision to join the PDP or not would be coming after the elections.