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|Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Anambralstson: 6:04am On Oct 21|
According to Alhaji Abdulrahman Mohammed, former ACF Political Secretary, “if [b]we have to obey the zoning order it has to be from the North”
The emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded convention of the party held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has created a division among northern political leaders.
They are split into two groups as strong emotions are now building up among them.[/b]
Outburst of mixed feelings of emotional resilient displeasure and great happiness were freely revealed at the weekend as some of the leaders gave enthusiastic support to the emergence of Atiku.
According to Alhaji Abdulrahman Mohammed, former ACF Political Secretary, a security surveillance expert and erstwhile adviser on politics, security and economy to the late ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Wazirin Jema’a, Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, “if we have to obey the zoning order it has to be from the North and while it is there we are trying to make sure we put our best foot forward.
Buhari has disappointed everybody. He is not our best foot forward, if we put him on the scale of things in Nigeria. As for Atiku, as bad and dysfunctional as the situation is, he is better than Buhari a million times. So, if the rule of Pharaoh, if Buhari is insisting on going on to rule Nigeria, God that removed Pharaoh will remove Buhari. And that is what we are thinking right now.
“Atiku, even though people criticize him, he is the best we can give at the moment. He understands leadership. All the things happening in Nigeria and all that happened between him and other aspirants is about one Nigeria, not about anti-corruption. Nigeria belongs to all of us. With the corruption Buhari is fighting they are still stealing black and blue in Aso Rock.
“If Buhari and his household are enjoying Nigeria’s money why should the poor people continue to wallow in poverty and squalor? So, Atiku is bringing a ray of hope for Nigerians and that is why they will vote for him.”
Mohammed was supported by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF leader, Yerima Shettima, who told Sunday Sun that the emergence of Atiku is a welcome development.
For Shettima, the former vice president has the capacity to face those he described as monsters, “who are against the collective interest of Nigerians and Nigeria,” adding that “for all I know about him personally, he has the capacity.”
Although he noted that the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum is not partisan, the northern youths’ leader eulogized Atiku for believing in Nigeria and not being nepotistic, remarking also that his conviction about Atiku’s capability to turn things around was not being misplaced.
But Second Republic governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, disagreed, saying that Buhari is better than Atiku, hinging his support for Buhari on the backing of Atiku by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his former military colleagues.
He said such a support was indicative of a gang up by the ruling elite in the country, insisting that Nigerians are safer with Buhari than Atiku.
I have not seen any qualitative demonstrative difference between him and Buhari and between APC and PDP. The negative state of the nation will not change. We still need qualitative, demonstrative third alternative. Whether that can come under the present realities of Nigeria is another matter,” he said.
Asked to limit his choice of candidate to between Atiku and Buhari, Balarabe submitted: “I hope I will not have to choose, but as I said if it becomes impossible under the conditions in Nigeria to have a third alternative and it is possible with the dilemma in which we are in Nigeria, if we are unable to get a third alternative, in that case I will rather go for Buhari because he is the reality on the ground.
And with the alliances that the PDP has now, particularly in the form of former Heads of State who contributed immensely to the negative state of the nation, in view of that alliance I think the table has turned from 2015 to 2019. In 2015 we thought because of the fascist tendencies of Buhari the PDP and Jonathan were less fascists, but now the table has turned to make the PDP even more fascist than the APC because of its new alliances with the former Heads of State.”
However, Dr Umar Ardo, secretary of Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly, former governorship candidate and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Adamawa State and former Political Adviser to Atiku who sued President Muhammadu Buhari for conferring honours on the late MKO Abiola and Amb. Babagana Kingibe, refused to comment on the Atiku candidacy in his party.
Asked to comment on the emergence of his former boss as the PDP standard bearer, Ardo quickly shot back thus: “Kenny, I don’t want to express an opinion. Just say I do not want to express an opinion. That some people are keeping mum is in itself a story.”
Ardo had previously criticized the Buhari government on two grounds: “I cannot see the president being re-elected for two reasons. First, he has not made any appreciable impact in improving the standard of living of Nigerians; if anything, things have deteriorated.
Secondly, it is apparent that the president cannot effectively utilize power for the benefit of society.”
Also, Dr Junaid Mohammed, an elder statesman, former Second Republic lawmaker and maverick politician and fierce critic of the Buhari administration would not want to comment on the emergence of Atiku as the PDP’s presidential candidate.
Here is an excerpt from his short encounter with Sunday Sun: With the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate of the PDP, would you say the political equation has changed because this is a direct battle between Buhari and Atiku?
Well, somehow I have not decided to speak on the issue. I have not spoken to any media outlet; so not now. Maybe I will have to study the matter very closely. You know I am not a member of APC or PDP. Frankly, I think it is premature to pass any comment now. I will like to study the situation and see what happens. But I have observed that there is not much commentary. I don’t know if that is supposed to indicate the state of mind of the people. I don’t know.
But have you been speaking the minds of the people or your personal convictions in your earlier comments?
It’s my conviction.
Why would you not speak now stating your conviction on the matter?
I said I have not studied the situation. So, when I study the situation and make up my mind I will speak. I have never been anybody’s megaphone. Sometimes my convictions tally with what others think and sometimes it doesn’t.
Pressed further, Junaid said: “I said I am not going to comment on that. I am sure you just want to be a journalist that you are. You heard me loud and clear. I don’t intend to comment.” A reliable political source told Sunday Sun that, ”they are intimidating some of the politicians in the North.
Wallahi, they are intimidating them, although there are those not talking based on principles. And some of them have been reached from Abuja. Those that have been reached are no longer as vocal as they used to be.
I do not know if you have observed that.”
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Nwodosis(m): 6:06am On Oct 21|
Believe it or not, it is now an Obligation to Atikulate!
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by BankeSmalls(f): 6:07am On Oct 21|
Waiting till 6 pm to know if I ill Atikulate again
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Nwodosis(m): 6:10am On Oct 21|
BankeSmalls:If you fail to Atikulate, indirectly you are voting the director of Python dance back to power!
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by RaphtechSolar(m): 6:12am On Oct 21|
okay now...i won't say anifin..
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Glare247: 6:44am On Oct 21|
If u like ejaculate,unaa eye go clear for 2019
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Jonadull: 6:45am On Oct 21|
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by stepo707: 6:54am On Oct 21|
Even the birth will atikulate
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Anambralstson: 6:59am On Oct 21|
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by fiizznation: 7:08am On Oct 21|
Is even funny how some people think atiku, an unrepentant thief is going to defeat buhari. That's just ludicrous.
Lol. Like where the heck will atiku get his votes from? Someone that isnt even popular in his home state of Adamawa. Ok he will get many votes from the SE and that's if they decide to go out and vote for him on that day, but will their votes be enough to make atiku(the criminal) win the presidential elections?
Buhari will surely defeat atiku in the NW,NE,NC,SW and the SS will be a close call between buhari and the criminal. So i dont understand how atiku will defeat buhari. Is he(atiku) going to rig himself in or what? I dont understand. People will only take his dollars and still won't vote for him.
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Pekele007: 7:21am On Oct 21|
fiizznation:Atiku isn't popular in his home state Yet he won the governorship election he contested in?
What do you normally take on Sundays?
The same was said of the scam called Buhari in 2015. I will collect the usual 5k APC will share and still vote Atiku.
I'm still searching for the APC customized phone so I can just chop my own share of the national cake and still vote Atiku a man filled with life.
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by hucienda: 7:25am On Oct 21|
Atiku and Buhari in the battle of the north.
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by N2an2a: 7:27am On Oct 21|
Atiku will be a unifying factor if truly we still want Nigeria to stand beyond 2019 .
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by keme12345(m): 7:37am On Oct 21|
Nigerians. think and rethink before you atikulate. if PDP had chosen another candidate we would have being considerate. come to think of it when he is elected would'nt he fulfil all of my speculation
1. Recover all the money he has being spending all this years vaing for the presidency position?
2.wouldn't he go about hunting those he had griviance with from past government.?
3. wouldn't he use 3 of his 4 years tenure probing buhari government .?
4. finally himself and OBJ were cat and rat while bothering of then were in power now that they have a common enemy they want to join forces right ?. just the way OBJ was behind the success of GJ and also behind his Downfall, Behind Buhari success and now wanting to be behind his downfall.
My take on this is that three past president cannot be wrong and one man (OBJ) right. we wouldn't accept his endowsment anymore.
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Esseite: 7:52am On Oct 21|
Next time argue with facts and not this long nonsense.
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Astrosmart: 8:24am On Oct 21|
Northern votes will favour atiku more..
Oshimole must go to jail
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Omeokachie: 9:29am On Oct 21|
No block votes for Buhari?
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by 4kDdullard: 9:33am On Oct 21|
Zombies oya make una come defend the indefensible
This one na bomb.
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by NwaAmaikpe: 9:57am On Oct 21|
The Northern Elders have seen the signs of the future.
Nobody can afford to be left out in the struggle for the emancipation of our country Nigeria.
Nigeria stands with Atiku,
SouthEast stands with Atiku,
SouthSouth stands with Atiku,
SouthWest stands with Atiku,
NorthEast stands with Atiku,
NorthCentral stands with Atiku,
I can confirm to you that Nnamdi KANU will rather stand with Atiku.
6pm live broadcast in a bit.
The war has been won even before the battle.
It is not too late to change ship before it drowns with you.
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by SarkinYarki: 9:58am On Oct 21|
Well Buhari is a dead end road where no Nigerian can win !!!!! Under Buhari even Dangote has been relegated from the faster growing Forbes billionaire to the the fastest descending Billionaire on the ranking ... No NIgerian whether Christian or Muslim, rich or poor , Yoruba Hausa or Igbo has won under Buhari!!!!!!!!!!..... Prosperity and poverty are spirits and poverty is the spirit Buhari carries with while Atiku has the spirit of prosperity!!!!! It's is in everybody's interest including zombies that we must kick out the dullard
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Lanre4uonly(m): 9:59am On Oct 21|
It is very much expected.
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by opalu: 10:00am On Oct 21|
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Mowoe(m): 10:00am On Oct 21|
The way Zombies and BMC folks keep shouting "Atiku will not get any vote from the North" would make one think the man is from Bayelsa.
Do yourself some good; today is Sunday, it's a good day to OBIdiently ATIKUlate.
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Yinxies(f): 10:01am On Oct 21|
But why is nobody talking about candidates from other parties? Why only APC/PDP?
Doing same thing over and over again and expecting a change
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by ShameOnAPC: 10:01am On Oct 21|
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by goodnessme1(f): 10:01am On Oct 21|
Buhari and Atiku,none is good for us,freedom remain the best.
God bless mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Sizuabanze: 10:01am On Oct 21|
Happy Sunday everyone. Please as you celebrate today, help me make i follow celebrate too hungry want finish me here. At all at all i go manage am.
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Airforce01: 10:01am On Oct 21|
Buhari is obviously not coming back as President
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|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by sirabu: 10:01am On Oct 21|
Angel: Devil why do you have 16yrs of vacation in Nigeria only. When there are war ravaged countries .
Devil: its only in Nigeria, I rest , for I have loyal servants.
Angel: who are these loyal servants, Devil ?
Devil: I won't tell u,.....for they have made my work very easy. They promise gullible Nigerians wealth in 16 yrs...and in return they received Poverties during my stay.
Angel: i know them, one just passed his seminary school
and he is working for deputy man to return for another 16 years of services to me.
Devil: in those 16 years, my servants, make evil deeds tempting to the few goodmen. They corrupt they few clergymen with dollars, they sleep will little girls in return for dollars.
Devil: The tribe that loves the dollars the most, has been our foot soldiers.
Angel: you mean the ipobs.......
Devil: $ 5000 peanuts of dollars was all each delegate collected to do the bidding of my loyalists........
|Re: Northern Political Leaders Divided Over Buhari, Atiku by Kylekent59: 10:02am On Oct 21|
politicians are always the same. They don't care about the people that voted them but their very own pocket.
We have good aspirants with good vision, but because of tribalism and nepotism, we tend not to vote the right leader.
it's a pity nothing can be done, because tribalism has eaten people up in this country.
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