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|Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by nairavsdollars(f): 8:06am On Feb 11|
Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos
This weekend, precisely on February 16, 84 million registered voters in Nigeria will troop out to make one of the most important decisions in the history of the nation – the election of a new President and Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, who will pilot the affairs of the nation for another four years.
The election, the sixth presidential election since the return of Nigeria to democratic system of government in 1999 is a crucial one given the fact that it is a choice between continuity, which the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is canvassing and change, as espoused by the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Aside political parties, Nigerians will also take their destinies in their hands as they choose between President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice-President between 1999 and 2003, who is running on the platform of the PDP. As Bloomberg described it, the election “is a choice between a former dictator and alleged kleptocrat”.
However, not to be ruled out is the threat by other political parties, whose candidates have proven to Nigerians that they are the best alternative to the APC and PDP. These are Kingsley Moghalu, ex- deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) of the Young Progressive Party (YPP); Omoyele Sowore, a former student activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters of African Action Congress (AAC); Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); Gbenga Olawepo- Hashim, a former publicity secretary of the PDP, who is running on the platform of the Peoples Trust (PT), the party endorsed by a coalition of Nigeria’s Civil Society Organisations also known as the ‘Third Force’ movement.
Owing to the crisis within its fold, the leadership of Social Democratic Party (SDP) has already pulled out of the race and has adopted President Buhari as its consensus candidate. The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) had also adopted Buhari following the withdrawal of its presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili. It is expected that within the week, other political parties will also pitch their tent with either the APC or PDP.
‘Atiku’s Last Chance’
Many political watchers and analysts believe that the 2019 presidential election will be the last chance for Atiku given his age. By February 16, Atiku would have clocked 72. Were he to contest and lose again, he would be 76 by 2023 when another presidential election will hold. If he wins, he may, however, seek reelection in 2023, which is allowed by the constitution.
A veteran politician of repute, Atiku is no stranger to contesting presidential elections. In 1992, he contested the presidential primary on the platform the Social Democratic Party (SDP) but lost out to late Chief MKO Abiola. Following the failure of his boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo to handover to him after the expiration of his tenure, Atiku sought the presidency again in the 2007 general election on the platform of the Action Congress (AC), but came third behind the PDP’s candidate, the late Umaru Yar’Adua, who won the election, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party’s candidate (ANPP), Muhammadu Buhari, who came second.
Undaunted, Atiku contested the PDP presidential primary ticket in 2011 but lost out to former President Goodluck Jonathan, who took over as President following Yar’Adua’s demise.
In December 2014, Atiku, then a member of the APC also contested but lost in the party’s presidential primary to Buhari, who eventually won the presidential election in 2015. Now, he stands a better chance contesting on the platform of the PDP, the nation’s major opposition party, which lost out in 2015 after a 16-year dominance.
Having experienced what the APC can deliver in the last four years, millions Nigerians who felt things were better economically under the PDP government see Atiku as a beacon of hope.
Atiku has not minced words about his chances of defeating Buhari in a free, fair, contest.
“I will definitely beat him this time. He has wasted a lot of his massive goodwill. A lot of people are disgruntled but they are keeping quiet and lying low. Our youths are suffering terribly. They are even now being sold into slavery.
“Everyone knows my track record of inviting and attracting a good team and giving them the opportunity to work professionally. Nigerians are tired of leaders who cannot think big and work big,” he once said.
One of his strongest selling points is his promise that his administration will start the process of restructuring the country within six months of his inauguration. This has won him supports from various groups across the country such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze, PANDEF and other pro-restructuring groups.
Buhari’s Next Level On The Spotlight
President Buhari came to office in March 2015 with focus on three key areas namely, revamping the economy, tackling insecurity and war against corruption. Though the President’s media team and supporters of the APC have claimed that he has delivered on his promises, especially in these three key areas, some Nigerians believe the country has been worse off than how it was four years ago.
One of the misgivings Nigerians had against the President was his inability to hit the ground running in the formation of his cabinet. He was also plagued by ill health for a long time, which adversely affected the pace of his government. Now seeking re-election, the President has promised to take governance to the next level.
Recently, the President, while speaking the State House during the presentation of the book, “Nigeria on Firmer Ground, Towards Lasting Peace & Progress,” put together by the Presidential Media Team, declared that his administration has delivered on its promises made to Nigerians in 2015.
According to him, his administration is ready to do more by taking Nigeria to the Next Level of development, prosperity, peace and stability.
He said, “Coming just a week to the commencement of the 2019 general elections, there is no doubt that today’s event is very significant as the electorate is being offered more insights into the achievements of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration since we came to office in 2015.
“From the accounts of all the earlier speakers and what can be gleaned from the book, supported by verifiable facts and figures on projects and programmes implemented in almost every state of the federation, it is clear that our administration has delivered substantially on our campaign promises.
“Riding on the wave of the Change Agenda, which we anchored on making positive impact in the three priority areas of security, economy and fighting corruption, I am convinced that we have made real progress and we are poised to do more by taking Nigeria to the Next Level of development, prosperity, peace and stability”.
Unlike in 2015 when the presidential election was between a southerner represented by Goodluck Jonathan and a northerner (Buhari), the 2019 presidential election will prove to be a very exciting one because it is strictly a ‘Northern affair’. Both Atiku and Buhari are both Muslims with huge following in the North. While Buhari is from the North-West, precisely Katsina State, Atiku hails from Adamawa State in the North- East.
In a recent interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Festus Keyamo (SAN), spokesman of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, said Atiku can never have a share in the number of votes President Buhari had always scored in Northern Nigeria. He said, “ In 2011, we had four presidential candidates from the North. Nuhu Ribadu, Ibrahim Shekarau, Mahmud Waziri and Muhammadu Buhari. Did they divide Buhari’s votes? In fact, that was when he got 12 million votes from the North. Nobody can divide Buhari’s votes in the North”.
However, recent developments in the country did not support Keyamo’s claims. The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), one of the popular elite pressure groups in the region, which supported Buhari in the 2015 election, recently said that the forum has dumped Buhari for another Northern presidential candidate.
According to the group’s convener, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, “Buhari was dumped because of his failure to fulfil the basic conditions they handed to him in 2015 when they rejected then president Goodluck Jonathan and elected him.
“Two of the conditions we gave Buhari upon his assumption of office were that he should take concrete steps to address the abject poverty and underdevelopment in the North and he has woefully failed to marginally address any of them,” he said.
Aside the North, both candidates will also battle for votes in other regions especially in the South- South and South East. These two zones were originally referred to as the stronghold of the PDP, but the APC in the last four years has made serious incursion which has culminated in the defection of some former PDP heavyweights such as Godswill Akpabio, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, a former governor of Delta State, Ken Nnamani, a former Senate president and host of others.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by dessywayne(m): 8:17am On Feb 11|
nothing more to say
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by ElsonMorali: 8:19am On Feb 11|
Atiku is losing this election. APC is winning the presidential election either by hook or by crook.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by Danielagbugba(m): 8:22am On Feb 11|
God help us
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by GuyWise101: 8:22am On Feb 11|
Atiku is the winner, no long story.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by ClintonEmex: 8:25am On Feb 11|
If only INEC will deliver a free and fair election without the fear or favour of anyone,
if only people's votes will count,
if only the current administration will not try to disrupt and rig this election with the force in the country and allow people to vote for their choice,
if only the defeated will accept defeat and not try to cause mayhem, then this is indeed a crucial week for Nigerians.
|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by hisexcellency34: 8:35am On Feb 11|
Keyamo said nobody can divide President Buhari's votes in the North. Can he still say that with the crowd in Kano for Atiku yesterday?
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by jumoketiti22: 8:42am On Feb 11|
God help us in this election
|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by Jayslicky(m): 8:45am On Feb 11|
Ok let's settle this. Like for atiku, share for buhari.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by lonelydora: 8:55am On Feb 11|
Bill Clinton, please watch the events from your country home. Do not come to Nigeria. El-Rufia said you will go back in body bag.
Never again will the Daura samanja rule us.
|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by ainas247: 8:55am On Feb 11|
What happen to the rest candidates..
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by mknigeriagreat: 8:55am On Feb 11|
Bubu all the way and this analogy below sweetens me.
Multiplier effect of corruption
1. A young man works for one of the state ministries. His salary is 120K. He makes 15,000 everyday on this desk (N75k a week) engaging in corrupt practices. As a result, he spends the daily cash as he cares. Living large and far above his legitimate income.
2. He visits the local joint every evening and buys drinks for friends, and area boys. They hail him. He is married, but has two girlfriends. His "income" is enough to take care of them. The Asun seller at his favorite joint is happy, the joint owner is happy.
3. Everyone was benefiting from his "income". Friends, family, area boys, joint owner, Asun seller, girlfriends, wife and his church. Life was good.
4. Then suddenly the ministry implemented the Treasury Single Account (TSA) at the beginning of PMB administration. His extra "income" disappeared and he had to adjust to the reality of event and live within his real income. That wasn't easy.
5. Initially he reduced his daily visit to the joint to 3 days a week and stopped buying drinks for everyone. He reduced he plates of Asun. The Asun seller started to find it hard to sell a full goat each day and resorted to buy half.
6. The young man's girlfriends started to feel the heat too. No more iPhone 10. The joint owner noticed a drop in sales. The young man finally stopped visiting the joint after a month. The area boys started feeling his absence. The effect cascaded down.
7. The young man started spending more time at home with his wife and kids. The family had to readjust to the reality of the new normal. His hair stylist noticed the young man suddenly stopped tipping. He will even wait for his N200 change after haircut.
8. Things are different. Times are hard, they all cry. The young man is blaming Buhari, his wife is blaming Buhari, the area boys are blaming Buhari, the girlfriends are saying Buhari must go, the joint owner is saying Buhari killed the "economy"
9. The Asun seller is cursing Buhari, the hair stylist is insisting Buhari is too old to rule. This is the story of our nation where corruption fuels the "economy". Those who are not engaging in it are benefiting from it.
10. This tread is not about Buhari's achievement or failure, but rather about the "multiplier" effect of corruption and how we have built a system largely driven by corruption. It's about policy implication (good or bad). It's about the choices we have made.
Finally, the young man had to withdraw his kids from what he called expensive primary school his kids attend. He added:"what are they teaching them there sef " Obasanjo didn't go to a private school. I just laughed
Most of the so called rich men and women in Nigeria before now were feeding fat on the populace, imaging a level 15 officer in a state ministry sponsoring two of his/her children's education in Europe but when TSA came to effect, free money dried up but Buhari was blamed for the inability to fund children in Europe! Awon ole jati -jati, ofan a je l'oju onile.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by Racoon(m): 8:56am On Feb 11|
"...Atiku..... now stands a better chance contesting on the platform of the PDP...Having experienced what the APC can deliver in the last four years, millions Nigerians who felt things were better economically under the PDP government see Atiku as a beacon of hope...."Atiku/Obi all the way.Follow me if you holla.
|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by chloride6: 8:56am On Feb 11|
No anxiety anywhere..
Atiku will congratulate Buhari before 2pm on Saturday.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by Neduzze5(m): 8:56am On Feb 11|
Atiku all the way!!
Like for Atiku the "Agueroian" Unifier!!
Share for Obi the "Sterling" Mr. Productivity!!
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by angelawoko(m): 8:57am On Feb 11|
Anything but Atiku
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by OhiOfIhima: 8:57am On Feb 11|
Crucial week indeed! Both parties are so close that if you put naivety n biase minded apart, predicting the winner is impossible for now. Everybody worked his homework neatly..
Whatever, Nigeria first.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by Omeokachie: 8:57am On Feb 11|
Nigeria cannot survive another 4yrs of lifeless and incompetent governance from someone obviously suffering from dementia, who is being taken advantage of by some evil cabal.
Nigeria deserve better.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by jchioma: 8:57am On Feb 11|
This failbuhari will be epic.
It's over for zai baba and his marauding gang of zombies.
Atiku/Obi is the goal!
|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by Benblaq(m): 8:57am On Feb 11|
2015- sai baba
2016- Kai baba
2017- chai baba
2018- why baba
2019- bye baba
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by Thetruthshallse(m): 8:58am On Feb 11|
What anxiety? No going back to Egypt. Sai baba all the way.
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by anytexy: 8:58am On Feb 11|
Atiku we know!!!
|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:58am On Feb 11|
SAI BABA ALL THE WAY
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by maestroferdi: 8:58am On Feb 11|
Power is about to change hands...
Go Atiku, go...
|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by maxjax(m): 8:58am On Feb 11|
A for Atiku = Like
B for Bubu = Share
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by chinavs9ja(m): 8:58am On Feb 11|
Atiku all the way...No going back
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|Re: Buhari Or Atiku: Anxiety, As Nigeria Enters Crucial Week by PolymathDave(m): 8:58am On Feb 11|
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