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Atiku for President?

October 8, 2018

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Atiku for President?

Possibly the defining moment for Nigeria’s politics is the general election in 2019. If you have followed closely the proceedings from both the ruling party (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), you can postulate without a doubt that the coming general elections will be tough. At this point it doesn’t really matter what you stand for, most people will go with the highest bidder. Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar clinched the presidential candidate ticket for the PDP, the battle is drawn.

Let’s not forget the feud between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku. Atiku remains the only one who has faced Obasanjo without going down.  In many ways, he could be among the best of the breed of smart politicians we have currently.

Except the thing is, there is a widespread rejection from elites about his stance on corruption. But in Nigeria, the elites don’t count as much, they can juxtapose the politicians contesting online but the electoral decisions are made by those below the middle class. Still, this is an uneasy development, because while the elites have no enthusiasm for the electoral process, nobody seems quite ready to truly vote for good governance.

Why Atiku again?

His tenacity, or nimble-witted, is at an extraor­dinary level. But the way he has achieved his goals against slippery politicians is unbelievable, by hardly committing himself at all to any major confrontation. Who knows what Atiku stands for – and who cares?

I haven’t seen this kind of kookiness, spontaneity and crazy rapport in mainstream politics in Nigeria — What Atiku displayed with the ruling party and the PDP– and would not again until, a few years later. Atiku has emerged as the presidential candidate for the PDP, can he beat the incumbent President?

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