The Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tahir Shehu, has said if given the party’s mandate, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will send President Muhammadu Buhari packing from Aso Rock next year.
According to Shehu, Atiku remains the only candidate with the requisite resources to confront and defeat the All Progressives Congress candidate in next year’s general elections.
Shehu said this on Thursday in Yola while announcing the mega ‘welcome back’ rally being planned for Atiku by the Adamawa PDP.
Atiku, a founding member of the PDP, had dumped the former ruling party in 2014 to join then opposition All Progressives Congress.
But his stay in the APC, which eventually ousted the PDP in 2015, was short-lived.
Addressing journalists at the state party secretariat, the Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP, Tahir Shehu, described Atiku’s return to the party as a “big catch”.
Shehu added that the return of Atiku, the Wazirin Adamawa, alone into the party, whether he chooses to vie for the presidency or not, was enough to make the PDP reclaim the state.
He said, “Since the time the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, the Wazirin Adamawa, came to rejoin the PDP, Adamawa PDP has made a big catch. But there was never a time we organised any gathering that would ‘ginger’ the region and show the world that, yes, the former Vice-President is from Adamawa. That is why the Adamawa PDP chapter sat, negotiated and discussed and made consultations with all the stakeholders, from the grassroots to the top on the need for a mega rally, preparatory to Atiku’s declaration in Abuja.”