Nigeria's former vice president joins opposition party

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An influential and wealthy politician, Abubakar plans to contest in Nigeria's presidential race in 2019.

Mrs Onochie said this on Sunday in Abuja during her appearance on the weekend edition of Channels Television's political programme. "So where is the weight?" the presidential aide questioned.

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has welcomed the return of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the party.

The former Vice President said his return to PDP was due to failure of the ruling party to honour the promise that it would create three million jobs per year in its manifesto.

He also said the PDP was expecting more defections after Atiku's move from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party. He however said that this has not come to be as nearly 3 million Nigerians have lost their job in the last one year.

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Recall that in 2001, President Buhari shocked the nation when he declared his total commitment to the Islamic doctrine of Shari'a and called on Muslims to only vote for their fellow Muslims during elections. President Buhari is not competing with him at the moment, what he's trying to do is to put President Buhari out of the good work he's doing and to come to wallow in the mud with him. "The President also knows that the ban on politics has not been lifted; so, he is not going to come out to wallow in the mud of 'he said, she said", Onochie said.

He said instead of answering directly, Atiku begged the question, saying Buhari also had been disallowed from entering the same country for 15 years, before becoming president.

"Alhaji Atiku is known to hobnob from one party to the other when he can not have the control of the party".

He is expected to run for the Nigerian presidency on the platform of the PDP on whose platform he was the VP between 1999 and 2007.

On December 20, 2006, he emerged the presidential candidate of now-defunct Action Congress after falling out with the leadership of the PDP. There, he vied again for the top job but lost the primaries to President Goodluck Jonathan who succeeded President Yar'Adua.

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