Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, a political associate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has explained why he thinks Atiku returned to PDP after he initially defected to APC. Kwande made the claims ahead of Atiku’s campaign rally in Plateau today.
The APC Board of Trustees member received a query last year when he received Atiku in the state. Now, he has come out to clarify his position on Nigerian political parties.
He explained, “ I was a young politician with Sardauna, with Shehu Shagari, I was a participant. And of course, when we went to PDP, I really participated very well. My experience is that I have only been losing people at a time and meeting them again at a later stage.”
Kwande also emphasized that Nigerians still lack the basic understanding of politics.
He said, “Nigerian politics has no ideology or leadership. People have to study the situation, otherwise, you will fight a friend today only to meet him three days later at another place.”
He also addressed his relationship with PDP’s presidential candidate.
“We were in PDP together. He moved to APC. I believed in his capacity, ability. I don’t have to announce it. I just moved with him. Then he moved back to PDP. I just followed him. But I have to ask because I was a bit worried why are we moving?
“I was told why. I was an APC Board of Trustees (BoT)member and Atiku too was a member. The leadership of APC BOT was to be a former president or former vice president of Nigeria that is a member of APC. But then, there was no former President. Then automatically, the former vice president was Atiku and he was to be the Chairman of BOT. as I am telling you today, three and a half years, he has not been inaugurated because they did not like him to be chairman of that organization,” Kwande said.
He later clarified that he would no longer be biased in handling political matters.
“I have now decided to retire from partisan politics, it does not stop me from associating myself with my long term political associate if he wants my views and I will do it honestly from the bottom of my heart with whoever needs my assistance on any issue,” Kwande explained.