“Whether I win this primary or not, I will support whoever wins. That is why in all my public speeches I will not criticise any candidate,” he said.
According to Atiku, defecting to the opposition party would make no sense, stressing that if there was no change in 2015, “PDP will destroy the country and we will be looking for another country because it will be too late.”
In 2014, during the Peoples Democratic Party’s national convention, where Goodluck Jonathan was unanimously adopted the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku and his loyalists famously staged a walkout and went to a separate venue where they held a parallel convention under the name the ‘New PDP’.
However, Atiku described Alkali’s statement as “funny”, insisting that APC was his final bus stop.
“You know, it’s funny how some people put politics and vacation in the same sentence. Let me assure you: politics is a serious business, it is hard work, and for me at least, it is more than a fulltime job,” he said.
“I did that when we built the great assemblage of the finest men and women under the umbrella of the PDP to get rid of the generals; I did that when I left and returned to the PDP, and I did that when I helped to turn the APC into a serious opposition party.
“When I toured our country, and listened to the hopes, fears, and expectations of Nigerians from all walks of life, I said the APC is the final bus stop, and that it is the end of the line. Because it is, for me.
“You know where I stand: I want a competitive democracy, true federalism, a government that creates conditions for people and business to thrive, and keeps out of business and people’s lives, and I want a country that is united and proud of its diversity.”
During the run-up to the APC presidential primaries, when Atiku was asked if he would dump the party should he lose the presidential ticket, his response was: “I am not aware of anyone contesting that wants to give up on APC. I know Rabi’u (Kwankwaso) will not do so, General Muhammadu Buhari is not going to do that. As for me as far as I am concerned, APC is my final bus stop.
“I have had a break. That break has enabled me to interact with ordinary Nigerians and know what they want and listen to them.
However, on Friday, Atiku moved on from his final bus stop. It is not not clear if or how soon he will announce a new final bus stop.