Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said the party did not at any time adopt any concession plan on automatic ticket for Atiku at the detriment of other contenders. "We are actually expecting him by noon tomorrow", he said.
Atiku resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress about a week ago, claiming that the ruling party had deviated from its promises to Nigeria.
"We should remember that those of us, who founded this party, founded it on the principles of democracy, good governance, and unity of this country and the prosperity of its people".
"For any political party to survive as well as remain relevant there must be discipline and internal democracy that will give hope to aspirations of party members".
The party boss reiterated that there was no secret deal with the Atiku for him to return to the party, saying: "Waziri of Adamawa is not one that goes for secret deals". It is believed that Atiku's resignation from the ruling party was timed to coincide with the PDP convention where he is expected to seek the support of the party members towards his quest to be elected as the party's presidential candidate. We will continue to consult you. We are not just targeting Aso Rock, we are targeting the federal legislature, the state, both the executive and legislature, and we are targeting the local governments.
In a statement issued by Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary of its National Caretaker Committee, the party described the return of Abubakar as "welcome development".
"But, here we are today, people are moving from the ruling party to the party in opposition".
According to Makarfi, "PDP did not extend any special concession to Atiku and the party will not extend any special concession to any other person".
Makarfi, in his remarks, said that Atiku's return would open the floodgates for more high profile returnees and new entrants into the PDP.