PDP has been expecting Atiku's return - Makarfi

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Atiku, in the interview further claimed that many of President Buhari's associates were furious and had set a trap which he might not escape.

Nigeria's Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and key ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, said on Sunday he had joined the country's opposition party after quitting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) last month.

The acting chairman of the party Ahmed Makarfi has said he expects more defections ahead of 2019, insisting PDP's doors were wide open.

Atiku who recently resigned as a member of the All Progressives Congress said in a live video broadcast on Facebook, on Sunday, that he is rejoining the PDP. However, while I still see a lot of influx into the APC, I see a trickle into the PDP, the lawmaker said.

Onochie, in her response, faulted the claims that the Federal Government has failed the people, saying the APC was trying to fix the mistakes of the previous administrations.

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Reacting to a question sent in by one of his followers about the call to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) curated with the hashtag #EndSARS, Atiku expressed confidence in the police force and added he was certain the issues of indiscipline within SARS would be addressed within a short time.

Local analysts say Abubakar's return to PDP is not a good omen for the ruling party, which insists that his resignation has not affected its vote bank.

"I saw an article that said that the transfer season is open with Atiku's move".

Atiku was the vice to former President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007 after Nigeria returned to democracy.

He had declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2011 but also lost to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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