National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has expressed sadness over the exit of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the party.

Atiku had on Sunday in a Facebook live video defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Oyegun said the development was not surprising to the ruling party, though.

He said the signs that Atiku would leave became glaring almost 18 months ago.

“All I can say is that I am totally amazed at the song and dance that the press is making of the departure of the former vice president, Atiku. We are not happy losing anybody, certainly not anybody of his status,” Oyegun said.

“But why are people surprised that he left?

“I can’t understand it. More than 12, 18 months ago, it was clear that he would leave. The only doubt was when and how?

“For Vice President Atiku, at his age, it is either now or never because if President Buhari serves another, that will be eight years. Convention will have it that the Presidency may go south.

“That’s another eight years. So, game over for Vice President Atiku. It is either now he make this last throw of the dice or he will permanently forget the Presidency. So, it is something we knew has been coming.

“The Bennis say a pebble you see coming towards you shouldn’t blind you. So, why are we surprised?”

Recall that President Muhamadu Buhari had earlier sympathised with Oyegun over the resignation of Atiku Abubakar from the party.

Buhari in an unusual disposition while inaugurating a 30-member panel on National Minimum Wage on Wednesday, November 29, told Oyegun, “accept my sympathy for losing a senior member of your party.”

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