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|Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by tomakint: 3:34pm On Apr 16|
Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK to Improve Image
April 15, 2018
Set to declare presidential run in May
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has launched a major campaign to repair several years of damage done to his image by his erstwhile boss, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, as he traversed the United Kingdom in the last one month, talking to international opinion moulders on his true essence. The international image improvement engagements are preparatory to his declaration for a presidential run in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which THISDAY sources close to him said might not be later than the end of May.
Since Atiku fell out with Obasanjo in 2003 in the heat of their PDP presidential primaries, the latter has spared no effort in projecting his deputy as a corrupt public official, who, given the opportunity to be in command of the ship of state, would “steal the country blind.” So effective has the Obasanjo stigmatisation of Atiku been that the corruption perception became the former vice president’s albatross in his three previous presidential contests.
“Aware of the implication of tackling this matter head on this time around, we decided Atiku should make deliberate efforts to disabuse the minds of the people, particularly, the international opinion moulders, whose views could affect his chances,” a close associate of Atiku told THISDAY last week.
Although most of the engagements were passed off as business and academic meetings, in the form of lectures on economic issues of national importance to Nigeria, THISDAY sources said the main objective of the Atiku team was to divert attention away from his not too complimentary political reputation and project him as a man of great ideas, who has been wilfully misrepresented.
Consequently, a series of foreign engagements have been lined up for him, including a major economic speech at London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on April 25.
According to a statement by his media office, the keynote speech, entitled “The Importance of Strengthening State Economic Management Systems,” will unveil innovative and tangible solutions that once implemented would help Nigerian states come out from their current economic challenges and help get Nigeria working again. It said during the trip to the UK, Atiku will also give another major keynote speech at the Invest Africa and British Council for Africa “Annual Debate”. He would speak alongside Dr Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary, UK Government, on the subject of “Building new trade partnerships in Africa.”
The statement noted that the speaking engagements were a follow-up to Atiku’s meeting in June of 2017 with Liam Fox and Prime Minister Theresa May, where they discussed the UK’s plan to increase trade with Nigeria post Brexit. It added that during the trip the former vice president would also be the guest of honour at a lunch on Nigerian inward investment hosted by Lord Anthony St John (former UK Minister for Africa) and be a guest speaker at Round Table of key UK business leaders interested in investing in Nigeria at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall.
The three-day trip, according to his media office, will be capped off by giving the keynote speech to UK Diaspora in the City of London on the subject of “Maximising the benefit to our economy of all our talents, wherever they may be.”
Expected to return to Nigeria early next month, Atiku, according to his associates, would immediately conclude his consultations with the major stakeholders in the party and thereafter formally launch his bid for the PDP presidential ticket.
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by rusher14: 3:38pm On Apr 16|
Why not visit USA where you've been indicted ?
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by tomakint: 3:54pm On Apr 16|
Trust me, he will, only don't be in a hurry. I hope you know that as at 2016 he was accused on not being able to visit UK too, now he is on his way there. Watch out for his US trip soon.
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by eleojo23: 3:56pm On Apr 16|
Anything to remove this Buhari
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by SamuelAnyawu(m): 3:56pm On Apr 16|
The Only Oppostion Candidate pulling the stunts for now.Others are still hoping they will win on Nairaland,Facebook and Twitter
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by amblacq: 3:57pm On Apr 16|
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by sunnyphem(m): 3:57pm On Apr 16|
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by otijah2: 3:57pm On Apr 16|
God u said afflictions shall not rise the second time
Yet Buhari has rose the second time.
God I use God name beg u, put Buhari to shame pls
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by beewhy009(m): 3:58pm On Apr 16|
All of em are birds of the same feathers. They once ate from the same plate and they both can't do any better than ds nimcompoo we have here dey do.
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by cutefergiee(m): 3:58pm On Apr 16|
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by crestedaguiyi: 3:59pm On Apr 16|
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by Ratello: 3:59pm On Apr 16|
rusher14:Indicted? Are you for real? Do you know the meaning of being indicted at all?
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by RexTramadol1(m): 4:00pm On Apr 16|
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by SillyMods: 4:01pm On Apr 16|
I dey laaaffuu ooo
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by nickxtra(m): 4:03pm On Apr 16|
rusher14:My question too.
...we can't afford a President that is already on the wanted list of World's power and our most benefactor. He should also visit the U.S to clear this allegation.
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by Fukafuka: 4:03pm On Apr 16|
Abeg reach America too
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by Pebcak: 4:04pm On Apr 16|
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by Andrewgame42: 4:05pm On Apr 16|
Atikuchukwu. ....I know you re a criminal but I'll vote anybody thats against buhari .... Even if nah horse or donkey ...or Satan himself ....anybody buh not baba
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by uzeba(m): 4:05pm On Apr 16|
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by JERRYMAG4(m): 4:06pm On Apr 16|
Before you conclude and rejoice in your mind, why not tell us where is William J Jefferson today? He is in the prison while Atiku is walking freely in Nigeria and even planning to contest. Thank God the Federal government has introduced history into schools. The next generation will be better and will not be easily brainwashed like you.
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by ifyalways(f): 4:07pm On Apr 16|
I hope UK will vote him in Naija elections
Very useless move
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by Cornerstone2020: 4:09pm On Apr 16|
Atiku is one of the few people that can win Buhari he has the clout and fiance lets support him.
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by tomakint: 4:09pm On Apr 16|
What's your problem lady? Why not educate us why it's a useless move. Hiann
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by tomakint: 4:11pm On Apr 16|
I hope you educate yourself by reading up the proceedings at the court regarding the case and you can then show us exactly where Atiku was indicted in the whole case. Thank you.
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by GambaOsaka: 4:11pm On Apr 16|
Anything doesn't include Atiku..... He has lost before he started. 40% of his team will be youths. Who is he deceiving ? We are now wiser. The one wey buhari do don open our eyes.
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by ifyalways(f): 4:11pm On Apr 16|
It's only in Nigeria that politicians run around the globe like headless chicken before elections to seek validation from the outside world. How many times did Akufo Addo of Ghana tour Uk/US before elections.?
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by BeijinDossier: 4:12pm On Apr 16|
Atiku is the next president. Insha Alla.
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|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by Alphafeezay(m): 4:13pm On Apr 16|
Atiku is the man!!!
All of you accusing him of corruption need to think twice and reason with your brains, not the lies you have been fed with.
Atiku is a businessman, was very wealthy before becoming Nigeria's VP in 1999-2007.
He was a custom officer before retiring, the records of how he started his businesses are they for you to see and critique.
Atiku for president!!!
We need a man who has his kind of track record to run Nigeria PLC.
As for me, I am.so attracted to Atiku, I can't hate a prosperous person, cos I wanna be prosperous too.
|Re: Atiku Fights Back, Tours UK To Improve Image by Seun360(m): 4:13pm On Apr 16|
Since 2001 sef.
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