Atiku not a unifier, Wike should leave PDP
Sir: Abubakar, Wazirin Adamawa, is not a unifier, as we are being persuaded to believe, by Paul Ibe, Raymond Dokpesi, Dino Melaye, Reno Omokri and other cronies. Instead, he has all the traits of a bully and dictator. Action speaks louder than words. And no one can give what he does not have.
A unifier is a man of justice and peace and of deep and complex knowledge of nation-building, who, among others, keeps the faith, is humble and is willing to make sacrifices. Atiku Abubakar is none of that.
Atiku does not see Nigerians of other tribes and religions as co-equals of his people, the Fulani. He harbours the born-to-rule mentality and wants the Presidency to remain permanently with them, despite running it downhill. He has changed parties like clothing, without scruples, shopping for the Presidency, for 30 years now. It is this born-to-rule mindset which orchestrates most of our crises as it did the political crises of the Western Region which precipitated the coup of January 1966 and subsequent events which have led Nigeria into the ditch.
In 1993, Atiku Abubakar competed with Chief M. K. O. Abiola and Alhaji Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party. In 2007, he crossed over to the Action Congress of Nigeria in search of the Presidential ticket. In 2011, it was the PDP. In 2015 it was the APC where he lost the ticket to General Buhari. In 2019, he shamelessly returned to the PDP (which he betrayed in 2015) for the same ticket but lost the presidential election to Buhari.
In 2014, Atiku colluded with some Northern Governors to derail his party (the PDP) and Dr Jonathan’s re-election, to force the Presidency back to the North, claiming that Jonathan had overstayed into the turn of the North. And he campaigned for General Buhari, a Fulani, who defeated Dr Jonathan in 2015. He violated his party’s Constitution on the rotation of the Presidential ticket between the North and the South to usurp the 2023 ticket, at the expense of the South-East.
Atiku is offering restructuring and devolution of powers for economic renaissance, but no predator would restructure Nigeria or change the Constitution – for the unfounded fear of losing control. His offer of security also falls flat on logic. Someone who lightly recanted his condemnation of Deborah Samuel’s killers would not descend on terrorist Boko Haram, bandits, herdsmen, kidnappers and other Islamists ravaging the country!
The best bet for Wike and Co. is to abandon the PDP for the burgeoning Labour Party. Wike’s perceived bullishness and impetuosity will never be forgiven by Atiku and his cohorts in the PDP. The APC has also been cornered and would not be accommodating either.
• By Emma Nwosu