All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders yesterday met with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his Abuja home.
The APC leaders described the over one hour meeting as a continuation of the party’s consultations with past leaders and stakeholders across the nation.
The meeting came on the heels of the defection of 37 members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives to the APC.
Atiku told reporters shortly after the meeting, that the discussions were very fruitful, stressing that he had always believed in the two party system.
He said he welcomed the formation of the APC, adding that he would meet with his friends and political associates with the view to taking a decision on the next line of action.
The former Vice President described the formation of the APC as healthy for democracy, and would give Nigerians a credible alternative in the 2015 general elections.
Atiku said: “We want to let you know that we had very fruitful discussions and you know I have always believed in a two-party structure.
“So I welcome the formation of APC. We have discussed extensively and I will meet with my political associates and friends.
“Most of us have been friends and political associates for over two decades. I will call my stakeholders across the country. We will take a decision and address the press and let you know our decision.
“I congratulated them (APC leaders) and welcomed them because it will improve competition and governance. It is healthy for our democracy.
“Once you have one very strong party and weak ones, there is no way the opposition can check the government in power.
“If the South Africans faced Apartheid in the past, Nigeria is facing colonialism. The struggle has been long for the enthronement of democracy in our country.
“It is time we realised we have responsibility to our generation and those yet unborn. I think it (APC) will give Nigerians an alternative during elections. So, I told them I will consult with my associates and brief the press later.”
Source: The Nation