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Former Key Ally of Nigeria’s Buhari Joins Opposition Party  

Nigeria’s Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and key ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during a Facebook Live session on Sunday.

Abubakar is prepared to run for president in 2019, a spokesman said last month when he left the APC. He did not indicate on Sunday whether he would try to become the opposition People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP‘s) presidential candidate.

Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar

Abubakar rejoined the PDP after four years because it has resolved its issues, he said, according to a statement on Sunday. He had left the PDP because he “believed it was no longer aligned to the principles of equity, democracy and social justice,” he said.

In Sunday’s statement, Abubakar criticized the APC for letting down the Nigerian people by failing to create a strong economy and jobs, especially for the young, with one quarter of 18-25 year olds unemployed.


Written by How Africa

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