Ahead of the much-anticipated National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President and presidential candidate of the party in the 2019 and 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has returned to Nigeria.

Atiku, who had been out of the country for weeks, returned in the early hours of Tuesday.

The Ambassador Illiya Damagum-led National Working Committee (NWC) will preside over the NEC meeting on April 18 after over one year.

The NEC, the party’s second most influential decision-making organ after the national convention, is expected to meet every quarter as stipulated by the party’s constitution.

According to party sources, the anticipated NEC meeting is shaping up to be a make or mar one for the party.

Atiku, who is regarded as the party’s de facto leader and the presidential candidate in the last elections, is expected to spearhead other meetings ahead of the NEC meeting.

Watch the video of Atiku’s return below:

HE. Atiku Abubakar is back home 😎 pic.twitter.com/xxIB1kderr

— Abdul-Aziz Na’ibi Abubakar (@jrnaib2) April 2, 2024