2023 Presidency: Atiku Reacts As Mass Defection Looms In PDP
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to reports that some prominent South East leaders were planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the party’s alleged refusal to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the region.
The reports had claimed that Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, and several others were planning to dump the PDP alongside their supporters in 2023.
Umahi was said to have informed the national leadership of the PDP that he was leaving the party, and that his decision was “irrevocable”.
But reacting, Atiku has urged members of the PDP in “all zones” of the country not to leave the party.
He tweeted on Monday, “The Peoples Democratic Party is the best friend Nigeria could have. All geopolitical zones deserve a political party that believes in Nigeria and not a party that believes otherwise.
“The @OfficialPDPNig has much to offer all parts of Nigeria, and I urge all Nigerians in all zones to keep faith with a party that has kept faith with Nigeria and will be equitable to all.”
Meanwhile, governors and national assembly members from the South East are said to be threatening to dump the PDP should Governor Umahi eventually leave the party.
The south east leaders are reportedly considering defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) because the party may zone its presidential ticket to the South East in 2023.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor
The directive was contained in a circular issued by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Saturday.
In the circular with Ref. No: CIR/HOS/20/Vol.1/115, the civil servants were asked to resume on Monday, November 2, 2020.
The state civil servants on grade level 12 and below have been working from home since March after the outbreak of COVID-19 and the bid to curb it’s spread.
The circular read, “Sequel to the informed recommendation of the Presidential task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 and the state ministry of health advisory on same, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved that all public servants on salary grade 1-12 who were directed to work from home since March 2020 resume at the office with effect from Monday, 2nd November, 2020.
“Furthermore, in order to ensure physical distancing in respective MDAs, accounting officers are to maintain attendance duty roster and ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the workplace.”