Atiku’s Presidential Bid Gathers Momentum
Nigeria News take a look at the political intrigues that may throw up Atiku Abubakar as the next Nigeria president.
It appears that the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar may be heading back to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to realize his ambition.
The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress is not sure that he can win the primary of his party with the signs tilting towards President Muhammadu Buhari by the day.
Atiku is bent on contesting the 2019 presidential election against all odds and he is not ready to leave anything to chance as he has begun to romance the big men in PDP towards securing a presidential ticket in 2019.
Investigation reveals that Atiku had met with former President Goodluck Jonathan to create a leeway for his rejoining the party that made him the vice president about 17 years ago.
However, it is not clear when Atiku would be crossing to PDP but from all indications, the former vice president must do so soon in tandem with the party’s constitution to enable him contest for the presidency.
Apart from his political maneuvering within PDP, Atiku is also creating some intrigues within APC, perhaps to snatch the show from Buhari whose body language has not suggested his ambition.
But with the comments of some of his stooges that the president would be given the opportunity to re-contest, Atiku is making moves to lure many members of the APC to his side.
Though a difficult task to do, findings revealed that the former vice president had won the hearts of some prominent members of APC who themselves had been loafing in Buhari’s government.
Recently, Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Aisha Alhassan had come out boldly that she would not support the president if he dares contest for the second term.
She led a delegation to Atiku where she announced her intention to support the former vice president’s bid for the presidential race in 2019.
Her position generated fuss in APC but it was clear that the woman had only spoken the minds of many who were afraid to challenge the party leadership.
No doubt, Atiku’s chance is brighter since the former President Olusegun Obasanjo had quit PDP. Obasanjo had been the Achilles Heel for Atiku and never hid his hatred for his former lieutenant’s ambition to rule Nigeria.
As it stands, APC is on the verge of collapse, according to findings as many of its members are not in the good accord over the campaign to return Buhari in 2019.
President Buhari has spent much of his time abroad due to ill health in the last two years. Most of his jobs were carried out by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo whose carriage and decisions unarguably had endeared him to many Nigerians.
Osinbajo would have been a perfect replacement for Buhari but Nigeria democracy and politics go beyond candidate’s ability and capability, it is a government that is factored around religion and ethnicity.