Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Group absolves Atiku of complicity in PDP crisis
By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
A group, Turaki Vanguard has absolved a former Vice President of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of complicity in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement obtained on Tuesday by BLACKFACE, the group urged those making the allegations to leave former Vice President out of the crisis in the party, saying Atiku remain a committed member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the statement signed by the Coordinator, Dimeji Fabiyi, the group said the party should cross check its facts before casting aspersions on the former Vice President.
The factional chairman of the PDP in Lagos State, Segun Adewale had accused the former Vice President of having a hand on the lingering crisis in the erstwhile ruling party.
He said Atiku Abubakar remains a committed member of the ruling APC and has nothing to do with the crisis rocking the PDP.
“We are alarmed to read the account of Mr. Segun Adewale on the crisis bedevilling the erstwhile ruling Peoples Democratic Party and our consternation is more confounding because of the witless attempt by the factional chairman of the PDP in Lagos State to string the Turakin Adamawa to the crisis in the PDP.
“For the umpteenth time, Atiku Abubakar remains a committed member of the ruling APC and he is not in any way tangible connected to the crisis in the PDP or any other political party. Mr. Adewale also made spurious allegations about the Turakin Adamawa nursing a presidential ambition for 2019.
“In our opinion as a socio-political group loyal to the political cause of Atiku Abubakar, it will be a welcome development if indeed Atiku decides to contest for the president in 2019, but it will not be asking for too much if the Adewales of this world at least, let that decision come from Atiku Abubakar rather than foist it down as cheap campaign of calumny.”