Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, and immediate past senate president, Bukola Saraki, have said they are not nurturing any plan to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Daily Trust reports that aides to the politicians confirmed on Monday, that their principals are not returning to the ruling party.
The APC had sequel to the return of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Barnabas Gemade, urged those who left for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to also return.
The party, in a statement on Sunday by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the APC is ready to welcome new members and those who wish to return to its fold.
However, Abubakar, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Paul Ibe, said the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP will not return to a “sinking ship.”
“It is not true. His Excellency Atiku Abubakar will not return to a sinking ship. All of these shenanigans are to distract Nigerians from its (APC-led government) monumental failures at governance that has left our people poorer to the extent that we are now the poverty capital of the world”, he said.
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“Its leadership of the last five years has left our country more insecure and more divided than at any other time. Its policies have made more people jobless and compromised our sovereignty.
“Going back to the APC is like willingly opting to go to hell,” he added.
Similarly, an aide to Saraki, who does not want to be mentioned, according to the publication, said the former Kwara governor has been abroad with his family, and described the statement of the APC as mere diversionary tactics.
“They want to divert people from their party crises and the failure of the Buhari-led administration, hence the diversionary tactics. Dogara has a unique problem with his governor. There is no plan between oga and the former speaker on this defection. The PDP is better than APC. APC is not attractive to anybody now,” he said.