#NigeriaDecides2019: PDP Presidential Aspirant Dumps Atiku Supports Buhari
In what could be described as last minute victory for President Muhammadu Buhari, a former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Stanley Osifo, has dumped the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubkar to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Osifo, said at a press conference on Thursday that he is leaving the PDP with, at least, “10 million” of his followers.
“I believe if not for the coincidence in the postponement of the Presidential Elections from February 16 to 23, the announcement had been planned for this day (Thursday 21, 2019). I strongly believe in the decision taken and the whole world should know,” said Osifo.
“Also, I want to state clearly that, my supporters and I are giving our unflinching support to the re-election of the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, and all other governors, senators, from top to bottom under the platform of the APC,” he added.
Osifo was largely regarded as a sponsored spy within the party, a claim he denied vigorously.
He obtained the party’s nomination and intention forms for N10 million and N2 million respectively but was denied a space in the party’s primaries in October.
In an attempt to protest his grievance the presidential hopeful went to court to challenge his exclusion.
The case is still in court.
Osifo’s announcement came a few minutes after 12 presidential candidates endorsed Buhari’s re-election bid.
Those who endorsed the Buhari are, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, Shittu Mohammed Kabiru, Independent Democrats, Hon. Edozie Nnamdi Madu, Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy, Danjuma Mohammed, Allied Peoples Movement, Mamman Yusuf Naptali, and Save Nigeria Party, Ahmed Buhari,
Others are Mass Movement of Nigeria, Alhaji Isabi Dansaki, Advanced Congress of Democrats, Ikechukwu Nwokeafor, Yes Party, Alistar Shoyode, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, Charles Ughalli, United Peoples Congress, Kenneth Ibe Kalu, Nigeria Element Progressives Party, Isiaka Paul Ebili and National Democratic Liberty Party, Robinson Apu.
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