Atiku never left PDP, says Reno Omokri
- accuses El-Rufai of speaking from both sides of the mouth
By Ehi Ekhator
Reno Omokri, a former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan said Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar never left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He claimed that he (Atiku) was only pushed aside after he challenged the former President Olusegun Obasanjo third term’s agenda.
Reno was responding to a statement credited to the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who called Atiku a serial contester and accused him of jumping from a political party for his political gain.
Omokri, who is very critical of the Buhari-led federal government said everyone is guilty of switching parties, adding that even the President, Muhammadu Buhari moved from one political party until he became President.
Reno said “Atiku never left PDP. Rather, he has always been pushed out of the party. After fighting the unconstitutional Third Term Agenda, Atiku was pushed out in 2006 after the re-registration exercise which stripped his supporters of their membership of the party
“If switching parties is a crime, then everyone in the APC is guilty of that crime, from President Buhari, who has been in and out of three parties himself to ALL the members of the NEC of the APC
“In Nigeria, other than the PDP, other parties are not real political parties in the true sense of the word. They are instead vehicles cobbled together for the purpose of seizing political power
“Buhari, who was disloyal to his democratically elected Commander-in-Chief, President Shagari, who he overthrew and who himself had jumped from APP, to ANPP to CPC to APC and whose government restored and promoted the fugitive, Abdulrasheed Maina ”
“In fact, senescence is the only reason I can attribute to this attempt by the gerontocratic administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to blame Atiku Abubakar for a political strategy perfected by President Buhari himself”
The fearless aide said Buhari who contested 4 times has no right to condemn Atiku who has only contested once and was bold enough to challenge the ruling party to filfil its campaign promises.
“President Buhari shed crocodile tears in 2011 and said he would not contest again, yet he contested in 2015. As revealed by Aisha Hassan, he said he would not seek re-election in 2019, yet he is gearing up for re-election despite a disappointing tenure
“Should such a man as Buhari who contested the Presidency 4 times on 4 platforms and such a dismal government as the APC’s point fingers at Atiku Abubakar, the only man who was bold enough to challenge the APC to fulfil its promise to restructure?
“The APC who made promises during the elections, only to deny them after being elected, has no moral right to accuse Atiku of abandoning the party. By denying its own promises, such as the promise to restructure Nigeria, even the APC has abandoned the APC!” He said.
Omokri also accused El-Rufai of speaking from both sides of the mouth. He reminded that El-Rufai had in 2010, attacked Buhari while defending the same Atiku he had called a serial contestant.
“Let me conclude by quoting what this same Malam El-Rufai said of President Muhammad Buhari on October 4, 2010 “Mallam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that he has remained perpetually unelectable”. I won’t take his attack’s against Atiku serious
“President Buhari and El-Rufai, his mini-me, and their rapidly sinking and shrinking party know that Atiku Abubakar has already defeated President Buhari should he decide to contest the 2019 Presidential election that is why they are jittery
“On the same day that Atiku resigned from APC, Buhari sets up a committee to increase minimum wage. A classic knee-jerk reaction. An indication that the President is jittery over his impending 2019 defeat and wants to bribe Nigerians with a salary increase
“The bottom line is that Buhari has contested the Presidency 4 times, each time under a different party meanwhile Atiku has only contested the Presidency once (in 2007). So before the APC attack Atiku, they should buy a mirror and give it to President Buhari”