PDP begs Atiku over PDM

It was Atiku Abubakar’s day in Abuja on Wednesday, as the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) went on its knees, begging him not to dump the party for the newly registered Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).
The PDP had sent emissaries to the former Vice President in his residence to beg him to stay behind in the party in the face of unfolding events on the nation’s political scene.
Even then, a smiling Atiku calmed down his guests, assuring them that he was still a committed member of the PDP and not prepared to dump the party he helped to found.
Abubakar and five PDP Governors of Adamawa, Kano, Niger, Sokoto and Jigawa states were said to be the brains behind the registration of the PDM.
Though he had denied being the brain behind the new party which, he agreed, was floated by his associates, Abubakar said he has no objection to politicians of like minds coming together to form another party.
Though the PDP made its usual braggadocio when the PDM was pronounced registered, the party (PDP) has not regained its peace since the emergence of the new party.
On Wednesday, while the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) members were locked up in their national secretariat discussing the challenges of the party ahead of today’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, some of the party’s emissaries were busy appealing to Atiku not to dump the party.
The team, led by the North West Zonal Chairman, Lawal Girgir, met with the former Vice President in his Oba Akenzua Street, Asokoro, residence in Abuja.
Girgir, after detailing all the challenges of PDP in the North East Zone hit the nail on the head when he asked if he (Atiku) was truly considering dumping the PDP.
Even before the former Vice President could give an answer, Girgir urged him to consider his importance to the PDP and stay behind to help sustain the party.
Laughing all through as the pleas were being made, the former Vice President gave his word that he remains a loyal member of PDP who will not waiver in discharging his obligations to the ruling party.
He reminded his guests of his selfless contributions to the party, just as he urged the visiting team from his geo-political zone to rise up against any act of oppression and intimidation that might come their way in the course of politicking.
Abubakar told the leadership of the party to cleanse itself and be fearless.
He counseled the party’s leadership not to allow themselves to be intimidated to enhance the chances of the North East zone in the scheme of things.
He told the delegation to disregard reports of his membership of the PDM.
The delegation had earlier told him of the various challenges confronting the party in the zone prominent of which was finance.
Girgir explained that the dwindling financial position of the PDP in the zone has made it difficult for the party.
He also sought the intervention of the ‘Turakin Adamawa’ to uplift the zone politically and economically.
Abubakar, in a demonstration of his commitment to the well being of the party donated N10 million to offset some of its immediate needs.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting, Zonal Publicity Secretary of the party in the North East, Al-Amin Sani Muhammed, said: “You know Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is one of our major stakeholders, the party’s zonal executive paid him a courtesy call as a sign of respect.”
He said, “You know Atiku is a PDP member, if he is not in PDP, I am telling you we would not have been here.”
However, the peace move by the PDP towards Abubakar negates the earlier stance of party leaders on the need to punish any member suspected to be connected in any way with the PDM.
A highly placed member of the PDP had at the weekend said the party was taken unawares by the registration of the PDM and that it was poised to punish anyone who had any link, no matter how remote, with the new party.
Daily Independent on Thursday broke the news of impending registration of PDM and this was followed the next day by INEC’s announcement that it had registered the party.

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