Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, today said he was returning to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of the need to steer the nation off “bloody inter-communal and ethnic violence, deepening economic crisis, collapse of our infrastructure and the risk of the unravelling of the amnesty in the Niger Delta.”
Abubakar spoke at a press conference in Abuja to announce his formal return to the PDP of which he is a founding member.The which will definitely change the political permutations of the north and that of the ruling APC is being seen by many political watchers as a political coup d’etat.
He did the switch in the format of the information age: by announcing it Live on Facebook on Sunday following what he called his consultations with party leaders and stakeholders from across the country.
Atiku was a member of the All Progressives Congress until last week when he announced his departure. The party said he would not be sorely missed. The PDP has a national convention scheduled for 9 December in Port Harcourt.
He read a statement live on Facebook and photographs later distributed by the Atiku Media Office showed the former Vice President fiddling with his smartphone as he responded to questions from his Facebook followers.
Atiku, who is very active in the social media, including Twitter has 580,111 people following him on Facebook. On Twitter, he has 1.06m followers, which is below the fan base of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who has 1.32m followers on Twitter alone. He has another 432,000 on Facebook, about 150,000 lower than Atiku’s fan base.
On Twitter, Atiku told his followers to check him out on Facebook as he was ‘making an important announcement”.
The live announcement had garnered just 24,000 views at about 5pm.(Watch the video here).