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Published On: Tue, Dec 5th, 2017

Atiku’s excuses for leaving APC make no sense – Deputy Chief Whip

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•I’m not upset, my loyalty belongs to Buhari, says Lalong

The deputy chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Pally Iriase, has said that former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s excuses for leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) to People Democratic Party (PDP) do not make sense.
DAILY POST reports Iriase saying, Atiku was not fair to Nigerians when he said he resigned from APC because of failed promises of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
“Buhari took over government at a time when the oil price crashed; so there is no way he could have performed a miracle. Some politicians will tell lies when they want to justify their actions.
“Mr. President lamented the other day that when he was in the military, once you were known to be a thief, he would bundle you into the prison, then from there you would prove whether you were clean or not. But this time, when you see a thief looting and going away with your money, they will tell you he is innocent until proved guilty by the court. He said you could see his dilemma. So you can see what is happening.
“When people say corruption is fighting back, it is serious. But I believe that given a lot of things quietly going on despite the paucity of funds, Nigerians will see the sincerity of purpose in this government.
“When it is time to start pin pointing what has been achieved, the greater majority of Nigerians will know the difference,’’
Iriase, who is representing Owan federal constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, pointed out that when campaigns for 2019 begins, “You will see that there will be no Atiku factor in Edo State or Nigeria as a whole. This APC government is actually taking Nigeria on the right path. It is just that the rot that you need to clean up to start seeing light at the end of the tunnel is so humongous.”
On the same Atiku exit issue, Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has said that he is not upset with the decision of former Vice President to decamp from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Lalong and Atiku had been very close friends in the PDP before moving to the APC.
The governor, who is a close associate of Atiku, told newsmen on Sunday in Jos that he would not leave the APC.
“We reached out to Atiku while building the APC structure in Plateau and received some help from him, but my loyalty is with the APC.
“My loyalty is with President Muhammadu Buhari and my people have endorsed him for a second term. Whatever happens in another party does not concern me.
“We are only waiting for the APC National Convention to endorse Buhari for a second tenure,” he said.
Lalong, however, stated that it was the constitutional right of every Nigerian to decide which political group to associate with.

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