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Atiku Abubakar Says He Has No Hand In Ongoing PDP Crisis

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday denied any involvement in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party.

Atiku was reacting to a story in a national newspaper, which linked him with the crisis in the party.

In a post on Twitter by his media office, Atiku said he had no hands in the PDP’s problems.

Ali Modu Sheriff had accused Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, of plotting to hand the party’s ticket to a prominent leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who by his inference is former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

He said: “Wike and Secondus are working to give the party ticket in 2019 to a man in APC, a man that is not even bold enough to leave the APC and join us. He was in the PDP before. He was a founding father of the PDP.

Addressing the newspaper, the media office said that “Former VP @Atiku has no hand in PDP crisis.”

A factional national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, had on Wednesday alleged that the rival Ahmed Makarfi faction in concert with some PDP governors was planning to hand over the party’s 2019 presidential ticket to an unnamed founder of the platform currently in the All Progressives Congress.

Atiku had previously in 2011 unsuccessfully sought the PDP’s presidential ticket after returning to the party from the Action Congress.

After the All Progressives Congress was formed in 2013, Atiku crossed to the party and in 2015 was beaten to the presidential ticket by Muhammadu Buhari.

There have been unconfirmed rumours that Atiku might return to the PDP ahead of the 2019 elections to run for president again.

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