Atiku Is Not An Alternative For 2019

By Ikenga Chronicles January 22, 2017

Cross sections of prominent Nigerians have dismissed the possibilities of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar contesting and winning the 2019 Presidency.

This came as Atiku throws his hat into the ring for another crack at the presidency. According to sources he is already oiling his political machine ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.

It was learnt that the Turakin Adamawa, as he is fondly called by his political associates, has been making significant inroads into various parts of the country in line with his game plan to actualize his dream.

Disqualifying Atiku, a vocal politician from Kano State, Junaid Mohammed said that although President Muhammadu Buhari had failed to meet the aspirations of Nigerians, Atiku cannot be an alternative in 2019.

He dismissed Atiku’s advocacy on restructuring and challenged him to define in clear terms the parameters of the restructuring agenda. “When I hear this kind of thing being said by him, I will like him to define his terms.”

‘’What does he mean by restructuring? Does he want us to go back to the four regional structures in which the North will be twice as big as the three southern regions in terms of land mass and resources? Will that bring a sense of balance in the national discourse? Unless I am told what he actually means by restructuring, I don’t like wasting my time” he said.

When reminded that Atiku has been advocating that Nigeria be restructured into six geo-political zones, Mohammed again dismissed the proposal as a project of the PDP which, according to him, had been rejected by Nigerians when they voted the party out of government.

He asserted that the current campaign for restructuring cannot make Atiku win an election.

Also speaking, a highly placed APC source said that Atiku’s chances of becoming the next President could only be actualised if the politician works with a coalition of political groups in the country.

According to him, both the APC and PDP will not serve the purpose because while PDP had become an abandoned child, the APC would have been too divided to be a formidable force by 2019.

However, the Head of the Atiku Media Office, Paul Ibe debunked insinuations that Atiku embarked on the campaign for restructuring of the federation because of the 2019 presidential election.

According to Ibe, the former Vice President had long been an advocate of restructuring even when he served in the Obasanjo administration.

Meanwhile, Atiku’s donation to the Delta State chapter of the ruling APC, believed to be part of his preparation for 2019 elections also caused ripples in APC last week.

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