Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has described the defection of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and others from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as “good riddance to bad rubbish.”
Speaking on Tuesday, December 5, Masari said they should be allowed to go, adding that those defectors were not comfortable with the peoples’ policies introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the APC would not feel their absence.
Masari reacted to the defections when he received the leadership and members of the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers at Government House, Katsina.
The Governor said,
“For those of them leaving the party, it is good riddance to bad rubbish. Let them go. Even here, locally, we have them but we can deal with them.
“It is not good enough for somebody to enter his room and start talking . Let us come out and face the people.
“This government is ready, willing and prepared to face anybody and account for our stewardship anytime and anywhere.
“Stay away from those enemies of the people who are masquerading as if they like or they are for the people.
“They were once in a position to salvage the situation but they misused the opportunities .
“Don’t look at what they are doing today.”
Atiku Abubakar recently resigned his membership from the ruling APC and followed it up with returning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last weekend.
Announcing his intention to return to PDP via a video posted on Facebook on Sunday afternoon, Atiku said:
“From today, I want to let you know that I am returning home to the PDP as the issue that led me to leave it has now been resolved.
“APC has let the people down, especially our youths and rather than giving a wrong political speech on this matter, I thought it would be helpful to invite Nigerians to ask me questions.”
Following his resignation from APC, the Niger state chapter of the party described former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as an opportunist who destroyed Nigeria since 1999.
The party said Atiku has no right to say the party has failed Nigerians as he is a leader of PDP elements spoiling the party.
In a series of tweet, the party revealed that Atiku’s resignation from APC shows that the former Vice President did not contribute to the party’s success in 2019.
“In politics, there is freedom of choosing which ever party you want to belong to, the only thing wrong with APC today is some PDP elements in it. @Atiku is the leader of those elements, to turn around and say APC has failed Nigerians is the highest form of hypocrisy.
“APC met a messed up Nigeria which Atiku and his likes started destroying since 1999. APC has made significant improvements in trying to stire the country out of that mess. If anybody has the right to say APC has failed, that person should certainly not be @Atiku
“APC has a long way to go. We are optimistic with the leadership qualities and principle of leaders like President Buhari, VP osinbajo and National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we are on the right course.
“This has exposed to the fact that Atiku didn’t contribute to APC’s Success in the 2015 election because of Nigeria and wellbeing of Nigerians but because of his personal gain.
“APC has a lot to do in the area of rewarding party loyalists. Most especially genuine loyalists that have been with the party since day one. Atiku has no right to complain about that. His cronies has been appointed in various positions
“APC also need to put its act together and stop accepting PDP members that have questionable characters. We need a viable opposition to prosper as a country, not accept every Tom, dick and Harry that wants to decamp to APC.
“90% of these decampees from PDP re opportunists, including yours truly. They weren’t not in the party before it was created, they only came when it was successful. That’s opportunism.
“Like in Niger state. 99% of PDP decampees today are opportunists. They are only there for personal gain. They have taken over the party and have left the genuine members out of everything. They have the manipulation experience so they succeeded
“If @Atiku claims he contributed financially to APC’s success in 2015, it then means he is asserting Nigerians votes because of money. If money was the decider, PDP would’ve taken the crown.
“To a lot of people (mostly PDP) members, winning election is about food is ready let’s come and eat, not about governance and Good leadership.
“At the Centre, with the likes of President Buhari And Bola Tinubu, APC is safe, but at state levels with states like Niger state, the people have lost confidence in APC, if we don’t wake up, the party will find it difficult in 2019.”