ATIKU NOT YET MEMBER OF PDP, NYAKO INSISTS
Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako yesterday insisted that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar is not yet a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Nyako told State House correspondents that the former vice president was yet to fulfil the necessary requirements for readmission into the party he left about three years ago.
According to the governor, 'Atiku is not yet a member of the party in the state.'
Atiku had declared his intention to run for the presidency in the 2011 presidential election on Sunday on the platform of PDP and had even applied to the national secretariat of the party for a waiver.
But his governor who is also the party leader in his home state yesterday in the presidential villa said 'the former vice president is not yet a member of the PDP in Adamawa State.'
Though the governor said the waiver he sought could only come from the national secretariat of the party, he, however, quickly added that he could get that only after the state had re-absorbed him. On why the state was dilly- dallying with the readmission of the vice president who happened to be a founding member of the party, the governor said 'while he was leaving the party, he fought with virtually everybody and went to form another party and now he wants to come back just like that.'
The governor further noted that it was not just enough for Atiku to go to the national headquarters to announce his return, he must follow the normal procedures.
'Once he clears the situation' he will be readmitted, the governor said.
On the value the former vice president will be adding to the party, Nyanko said 'if he will be coming back with nuisance value he is not welcome,' noting that the state has been peaceful for a while now and the state would not want somebody that would come to obstruct the peace in the state.
Citing example of the recent change of guard at the state assembly, the governor said some of his supporters claimed to be the brain behind the crisis. Their intention, according to the governor, was to cause rift between the legislative arm and the executive.
Nyako, however, added that if the former vice president was coming back to the party with a positive motive, he was welcome, but must follow the procedure.