President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sympathised with the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the exit of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the party.
Buhari chose the venue of the inauguration of the Ama Pepple-led National Minimum Wage Committee to convey his sympathy to the party chairman, who was at the event along with top government officials.
The President spoke while acknowledging dignitaries that attended the event ahead of his remarks.
Turning to Odigie-Oyegun, Buhari said, “Accept my sympathy for losing a senior member of your party.”
Although he did not mention any name, it was obvious that the President was referring to Atiku who announced his resignation from the APC on Friday.
The former vice-president was one of those who contested the party’s presidential primary ahead of the 2015 general election and lost to Buhari.
He came a distant third behind Buhari and a former Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Buhari and his spokesmen had avoided speaking on Atiku’s exit since the news broke on Friday.
Before making his position public on Friday, Atiku had resigned from the APC on October 18, 2017.