Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has announced his formal return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He did the switch in the format of the information age: by announcing it Live on Facebook on Sunday following what he called his consultations with party leaders and stakeholders from across the country.
Atiku was a member of the All Progressives Congress until last week when he announced his departure. The party said he would not be sorely missed. The PDP has a national convention scheduled for 9 December in Port Harcourt.
He read a statement live on Facebook and photographs later distributed by the Atiku Media Office showed the former Vice President fiddling with his smartphone as he responded to questions from his Facebook followers.
Atiku, who is very active in the social media, including Twitter has 580,111 people following him on Facebook. On Twitter, he has 1.06m followers, which is below the fan base of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who has 1.32m followers on Twitter alone. He has another 432,000 on Facebook, about 150,000 lower than Atiku’s fan base.
On Twitter, Atiku told his followers to check him out on Facebook as he was ‘making an important announcement”.