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2023 poll: Wike war against PDP excites APC presidential council, ask Atiku to throw in the towel

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
23 September 2022   |   6:57 pm
The ongoing war between Governor Nyesom Wike and the leadership of the opposition peoples democratic party (PDP) is a tale of joy to the camp of the presidential candidate of the ruling All progressive congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Nigerian former Vice President Atiku Abubakar speaks during the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) primaries in Abuja, on May 28, 2022. – Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar on May 28, 2022, won the opposition party PDP’s primary to choose its candidate for the 2023 presidential election, according to ballot results. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The ongoing war between Governor Nyesom Wike and the leadership of the opposition peoples democratic party (PDP) is a tale of joy to the camp of the presidential candidate of the ruling All progressive congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Director, Media and Publicity APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Bayo Onanuga in a statement described the development as indicative of the fact that the exalted seat of the presidency is slipping away from the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The council argued that Atiku created the crisis for himself, by pushing what it termed “the fallacy” that only a northern candidate can win the presidency for his party despite the open record that southerners, when they network with their northern compatriots can also win the election.

The council referred to former leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan who demonstrated this in 1999, 2003 and 2011 to buttress the assertion.

It noted: “Once again, another bid for the presidency of our country by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is slipping away. This is unravelling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle on the electioneering campaign.

“His party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in disarray. The signs are just too ominous for Waziri what with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls.

“After violating his party’s code for power rotation between the north and south and grabbing the PDP ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about our national ethos, Alhaji Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition.

“The PDP has imploded in a battle of attrition, the result of which is predictable. The ongoing fratricidal war where a faction of the party led by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is engaging Atiku in a fight to finish has undermined any momentum the PDP candidate had hoped to build.

“With the further loss of confidence in PDP by its own members who can not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party, it is crystal clear that Atiku’s latest bid for Nigeria’s top job has hit the rocks.

“A pillar of Atiku’s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist. That bogus claim has now been discredited, even within his party as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity.

“Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop, he has rebuffed them, pleading that he could not grant their request for justice.

“Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members, who cannot forge an entente among them, cannot be expected to unify our country.

“Instead of being a unifier, Atiku is now a divider-in-chief.

“His campaign on this score is heading for a stillbirth, just as some of his programmes have been found to be nothing new, as they are already being implemented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“As a campaign, we can only pity former Vice President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he invited unto himself. Chinua Achebe, the very accomplished novelist in one of his classics, Arrow of God, wrote that a man who brought ant-infested faggots into the homestead should not grumble when lizards begin to pay him a visit.

“Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye.”

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