The Katsina State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted Governor Aminu Bello Masari for downplaying the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking to newsmen, the Katsina state PDP Chairman, Salisu Majigiri, said Atiku is a great factor in Nigerian politics whose presence or absence in any political party would be greatly felt.

He said Masari was just pretending, as Atiku’s exit from the APC is a great loss to the ruling party.

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Majigiri said: “Former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku is a major factor in Nigerian politics. He is a big fish. There is no political party that he joins that will not feel his impact.

“Even President Buhari acknowledged this when he expressed condolences to the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, over the defection of former Vice-President to the PDP.

“Governor Masari is only being sentimental. The governor knows that the APC has lost a strong and influential party member. He (Masari) is just pretending. Atiku is a factor. The APC’s loss is our gain in the PDP.”

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