President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the exit of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the party.
The President conveyed his sympathy to the party Chairman at the inauguration of the Ama Pepple-led National Minimum Wage Committee.
In an unusual disposition shortly before inaugurating a 30-member panel on National Minimum Wage, inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, President Buhari faced Odigie-Oyegun and said:
“Accept my sympathy for losing a senior member of your party,” an apparent reference to Atiku Abubakar who recently announced his decision to resign from the APC.
It will be recalled that Atiku last week took the party by surprise as he announced that he was quitting the ruling party for its alleged failure to fulfill its promises to Nigerians.
But the APC is reportedly not loosing sleep over Atiku’s departure from the party, expressing confidence that any opposition party bringing on board a Northern presidential candidate to challenge President Buhari in the 2019 elections, would not serve the interest of the Southern section of the country.
However, despite the confidence expressed by the leadership of the APC, some of its stalwarts have cried out to Buhari to urgently do something to deflect a possible exodus of party men.
Following last week’s exit of Atiku from the APC, concerned party loyalists had expressed concern that if nothing was done to improve on their plight, they might be encouraged to defect.
Party sources disclosed that the presidency has acceded to their demands to sort out the board and ministerial appointments, and that it was acting swiftly to mitigate the possible impact their grievances could have in the wake of Atiku’s resignation, THISDAY reports.
It will be recalled that at the last meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, Buhari had also promised to address complaints of marginalisation by party men from parts of the country over federal appointments.
He had said he would set up a committee to review the modalities for selecting those that will fill the outstanding appointments to boards of parastatals and federal agencies. The president also promised to expand the size of his cabinet by appointing key party men as ministers.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Jerry Gana, has said that Nigerians are eagerly waiting for the former ruling party to return to power in 2019 due to the inability of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to perform better.
Prof. Gana said this on Monday, Nov. 27th, during a consultative meeting between one of the aspirants for position of PDP National Chairman, Professor Tunde Adeniran and the delegates from the North West in Kaduna.
“Nigerians are tired of the APC and they are eagerly waiting for us (PDP) to put our house in order. Agreed we have made mistakes during our 16 years of rein in government but we have learned our lessons and we are telling Nigerians that we are sorry,” he said.
He told the delegates to use their votes wisely in electing a leader that would take the party to the promised land, saying “Professor Tunde Adeniran is the man that can do that for the party and ordinary Nigerians.”