An ex-Acting Governor of Adamawa State and political ally of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Ambassador James Barka, has denied dumping the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said it was true that the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Yola during which they implored him to rejoin the party, but that he did not promise to join the party.
Barka in a statement in Abuja on Friday said he had no plan to go back to the PDP which he left in 2014 while he was the Nigerian Ambassador to Malaysia.
He said, “Of a truth, some members of the PDP, led by the chairman, paid me a courtesy visit to seek my return to my former party, I told them I’m a bonafide member of the APC. I’m not contemplating leaving the APC. However, I would consult, and there is no any reason to join my former party.
“I said I would get back to them when I’m through with my consultations. To me, it was just a simple political statement. Now that the press has reported it, I would make a statement categorically that I’m a member of the APC and all my followers should remain as such.”
Meanwhile, a social responsibility consultant, Ben Egberi has declared interest in contesting for the Presidency in 2019, noting that country needed a competent leader to turn the economy around.
The 44-year-old man, who is contesting under the PDP, said he had the innovative ideas and strategies to develop the nation and move her forward.
“What Nigeria needs at this point is the person with the energy, intellectual ability and capacity to stimulate development in the country and I believe I embody this. We need something as different from President (Muhammadu) Buhari as day is from night,” Egberi said.