The Adamawa chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the defection of a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, saying the former No.2 citizen was not a serious politician.
Mr Atiku on Friday announced his exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The ex-VP was received by a mammoth crowd of People’s Democratic Party, PDP supporters, including the state leaders of the party, at the Yola International Airport on Saturday.
The former vice president was accompanied by the supporter to pay condolence to the family of one of his close friends, late Adamu Yaro before retiring to his resident.
Reacting to the development, the State Organising Secretary of APC in Adamawa, Ahmed Lawan, said the party was not disturbed by Mr Atiku’s action, adding that it would not affect the party’s popularity in Adamawa State.
“We have never taken Atiku serious as a party member, particularly in Adamawa and his movement out of our party will certainly not affect the party’s popularity and general acceptance in this state.
“APC is for the masses and the masses are with us; the masses are happy about what APC government is doing at the state and national levels,” Mr Lawan said.
But the chairman of PDP in Adamawa State, Tahir Shehu, said the party was happy with Mr Atiku’s departure from the APC, hoping he would formally declare for PDP.
“He is one of the founder of the party and we have been looking for him to return to the party; we have been discussing with him for month before this development.
“PDP is now a better party at all levels and we are looking forward to his joining us formally to further strengthen the party to take over at all levels.
“He (Atiku) just arrived and we accompanied him on a condolence visit to one of his associates’ house. We will allow him to rest before we meet with him again for further discussion and persuasion to join us,” Mr Shehu said.