Former Vice President Atiku Abubakr has described the Olusegun Obasanjo-inspired Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) as a distraction.

He stated he would not be part of the group that lacks direction.

Atiku was reacting to reports that he was planning to join the coalition.

Reports emerged in some section of the media on Saturday that the former Vice President, who recently returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is willing to explore more options.

Obasanjo had during his registration as a member of the coalition in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday, stated that the movement is not a political party, adding that he would withdraw from it if it morphed into one.

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But speaking on the matter, Atiku said he is focusing on the hope of his new political party.

Atiku spoke through his media aide, Paul Ibe on Monday.

“His Excellency is in the Peoples Democratic Party which is in expansion. The party is reaching out to its members who defected to the APC prior to the 2015 election and also reaching out to other political parties.

“Obasanjo’s Movement is an anachronism. No one knows the direction of the Coalition and you don’t expect his Excellency to be part of such movement.

“You can’t work with a man like Obasanjo who has dismissed your political party. He has even torn his membership card and declared his retirement from partisan politics. So what is his movement all about?

“Atiku cannot belong to Obasanjo’s sponsored Movement.”

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