The All Progressives Congress (APC) is reportedly planning to send a team to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to speak with him over his complaints of being dumped by the party after the 2015 general election.
Voice of Ndigbo reports that the move comes as fear grows over reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could successfully woo him back to its fold ahead of 2019 when Nigeria is expected to hold another election.
The Punch reports that rather than plead with him to remain, the APC could apply strong sanctions against Atiku if he is found guilty of making negative statements against it.
The report quoted the organising secretary of the Adamawa state chapter of the APC, Ahmed Lawan, as saying: “Plans by the state working committee to wade into the issue have been delayed by the participation of some members of the state exco, who travelled to Saudi Arabia to observe the hajj.
“Some of our members, including the chairman of the APC in the state, are on hajj; we are only waiting for them to return and we are going to discuss this issue.
“Definitely, our meeting is going to dwell on Atiku, perhaps we may form a committee to reach out to the former vice-president to ask him what his grievances are. Definitely, if there’s anything we can do as a party at the state level, we will do.
“The utterances of the former vice-president only portrayed him as a man whose sole motive for contributing to the success of the party is to profit from it, whilst it ought to have been selfless.
“We all sacrificed, nobody wanted to get something from it. If you want to contest, you wait for 2019 to test your popularity. If you are very popular, the people will listen to you and vote for you.
“There’s no need for any utterance which is capable of portraying the party in bad light.
“We are very surprised that the former vice-president came out to say the party didn’t reward him, which is like saying the party didn’t reward him enough.
“We all sacrificed, nobody did it because we wanted to get something out of it,” he said.
He added: “When our committee meets him, if definitely what he’s saying is against the party, the party is going to take action on it; but if he lodges his complaints and the party feels there’s merit in what he’s saying, then definitely the party will look into it.
“But for now, we are waiting for the members of Exco to come back. We will summon a meeting and then take a decision.”
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar earlier alleged that after helping the All Progressives Congress (APC) attain power, he was sidelined by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
According to reports, the former vice president made his comments during an interview at the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA).