– More prominent Nigerians are joining the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections
– Among those who have reaffirmed their membership of the ruling party is Fatima Atiku
– Fatima is the daughter of Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a former PDP presidential candidate
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One of the daughters of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar simply identified as Fatima has revalidated her membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Daily Trust reports that Fatima, a former commissioner for health in Adamawa, registered with the ruling party at Ward 1. Unit 08, Jada local government area of the northeast state.
The chairman of the APC in Adamawa state, Mr. Ibrahim Bilal, also confirmed the registration of Atiku’s daughter.
Some of ex-VP Atiku’s children are politically active.
Photo credit: @atiku
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The 49-year-old was appointed commissioner in August 2015 under the administration of former Governor Jibrilla Bindow and has remained with the APC since then.
Already, one of Atiku’s sons, Adamu, is currently serving as the commissioner for works and energy development in Adamawa state.
Meanwhile, a recent media report has detailed how some aggrieved chieftains of the APC are planning to scuttle the ongoing membership registration and validation exercise in all state chapters with lawsuits.
According to the report, rancorous contestation has trailed the exercise in many states, with many chieftains claiming it is a ploy to push them out of the party.
Beyond the state chapters’ crises, a bigger crisis tugging at the heart of the party and its future is already brewing.
Already, two former national chairmen of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and Chief Bisi Akande, as well as the national leader, Chief Bola Tinubu, have individually expressed strong reservations about the exercise.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s former chief of army staff Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd) on Tuesday, February 16 officially defected to the APC.
Ihejirika who was Nigeria’s army chief between 2010 to 2014 under former President Goodluck Jonathan, announced his decision to join the APC at his Isuikwuato country home in Abia-North senatorial district in Abia state.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Bioreports. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.