The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying he is now a free man.

It, however, said it would not offer Atiku an automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election.

It said the former member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP had seen the light, which it said, necessitated his leaving the APC.

The former ruling party also called on other members of the APC to leave, saying the day the ruling party was formed “remains a dark day in the history of Nigeria.”

The spokesperson for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday said “The PDP is a democratic party. If you come in, you are free to contest elections once you meet our constitutional requirements, but we can’t give our ticket to anybody like that,” Adeyeye said.

Adeyeye said that the PDP had the capacity to accommodate anybody who wanted to be a member or wanted to return, but said such return must be without any condition.

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