2019: Atiku’s Ambition Crashes As PDP Rejects ”Political Prostitutes” As Presidential Candidates

By Ikenga Chronicles December 17, 2016

As the the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)prepares for the 2019 Presidential elections, the opposition party has on Saturday, December 17 rejected those it describes as professional aspirants.

The party said it would stop those who are only interested in seeking positions and have been moving from one party to the other to realise their ambition.

The party which stated this through its chairman, Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, said aspiring individuals for the party’s presidential ticket, would be rated strictly on performance.

This move by the PDP has further dampened the chances of the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar who is known for cross carpeting,from emerging as the party’s 2019 presidential candidate.

Jibrin said, “We want people who are devoted to the principles and ideals of the PDP and who are ready to serve the masses, rather than those pursuing individual ambitions.

“Where you have self-seeking individuals fighting to get the party’s ticket, it would not serve the interest of the PDP because even the electorate would be careful before voting for candidates.”

“So nobody should destroy the party through personal ambitions, particularly in the contest for presidential ticket. We must see their contributions first.”

“We don’t want those whose personal ambition has taken to different political parties. They move from one party to the other because of their ambition. We don’t want professional aspirants.”

Recall that Atiku has taken a shot at the presidency for the fourth time. He had in 1992 sought to occupy the presidential seat during the botched Third Republic under the platform of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) one
of the two parties decreed into existence by the military junta headed by Ibrahim Babangida.

He was however to withdraw for Moshood Abiola, who eventually emerged the party’s candidate and was coasting home to victory in the June 12, 1993 presidential poll when the military administration of Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election.

Atiku tried his luck again in 2007 on the platform of the defunct Action Congress, AC, on the eve of the exit of the Obasanjo administration in which he served as vice president.

He formally announced his plan to contest on November 25, 2006 and was chosen as AC flag-bearer on December 20, 2006. In that election the former vice president lost woefully.

In 2011, Atiku made another move to contest the presidency. First, he returned to the PDP and was granted waiver in September 2010. The following month he announced his plan to again seek the highest political office in the land.

The former vice president subsequently ran in the party’s primaries in January 2011, but was roundly defeated by Former President Goodluck Jonathan.

When he dumped the PDP for the APC in February 2011, barely three months after he played a host to the party’s leaders who came to his Abuja home to woo him, those familiar with his politics easily knew Atiku was hatching a fresh political plan.

He had been virtually sidelined in the PDP and he knew the then ruling party would most likely not give him an opportunity to even aspire to run.

He also contested the APC primary prior to 2015 General Election and lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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