note: this article is not against or for any person in particular, its also not to please anyone or a political party, this is just a fact discovered.
Permit me to start my article with Chief Olusengu Obasanjos comment
about Atiku Abubakar who
served as his
vice president from 1999 to 2007.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo in his autobiography “My
Watch” has taken a swipe at his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar,
The former president in the book
gave a vivid account of how the no-love-lost relationship between him and Atiku
began right from the inception of their government.
OBASANJO:From the day I nominated Atiku to be my vice, he set his mind not for any good, benefit or service of the country, but on furiously planning to upstage, supplant or remove me at all cost and to take my place.
Sometime in the fourth quarter of 2004, an associate of Atiku
came to my residence at the Aso Villa from Atiku’s official residence. He felt
uncomfortable and I tried to make him feel at ease. Then, he settled to tell me
the story of what had just transpired in Atiku’s residence. I listened with
He went on to say that Atiku told him that for him to become the
President of Nigeria, the 2007 elections were only a formality.
The seven ingredients he needed for his enthronement were
already in his hands. He controlled the National Assembly because both the
President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives were in
his pocket. He controlled twenty-eight out of thirty-six governors. He had
control of the media. His influence over the judiciary was overwhelming.
What he needed was foreign
endorsement and for that he had employed two lobby groups in the US and one in
the UK. And finally, the money for the elections was in his purse.
When the man finished, I thanked him
without passing any comment. The man was surprised at my reaction and asked,
‘You have nothing to say to these?’ I said that I had nothing to say and I
immediately called my ADC, Chris Jemitola, to play a game of squash with me.
On our way to the squash court with
my ADC, I said, ‘People at times make plans and leave God out of their plans.’ My
casual remark struck Chris and he said, ‘Sir, that was a profound statement.’ I
said that I made the statement because of what I had just heard of Atiku’s
plan. I was not convinced he had put God in his plans.
“Atiku was confident and God was
laughing. Most of Atiku’s ingredients soon started to fall out of place one by
one. The first was the party, PDP.
That was what I brought him for, but
he was impatient and over-ambitious. He was not ready to learn and to wait. His
marabout, who predicted that despite being elected as governor, he would not be
sworn in as a governor, which happened, also assured him that he would take
over from me in a matter of months rather than years.
“All his plans, appointments of
people and his actions were towards the actualisation of his marabout’s
prediction. Once I realised his intention and programme, I watched him like a
hawk without giving any indication of what I knew and letting down my guard. I
could not succumb to the distraction, diversion and malevolence of an ambitious
but unwise deputy.
“The work in hand was more important
than a confrontational relationship with my deputy, a man over whom I knew I
had far more experience and outreach in all matters. To alert him of what I
knew he was up to, would only lead to lying, denial, more mischievous plans and
more duplicity on his part.
“He was better managed that way.
What was important was not allowing myself to be surprised or outmanoeuvred by
him. I must always seize the initiative and know what was going on if not in
his mind, but at least in his camp. That I did very effectively.
“He thought I was powerless and had no clue
about the execution of his plan with his group; part of his attack on me was
for national chairman of the party to give the first salvo, then other things
would follow as his grip on the party would be firm and consolidated.
“That salvo came in the form of a
letter to me from the chairman of the party, Audu Ogbeh, who had fully defected
with (Iyorchia) Ayu to Atiku.
“The letter, which was not the
product of any issue or matter discussed with or at any party meeting, came
suddenly. When I received it, I could read the sinister intention behind it.
“I spent that night writing my reply
and I sent it in the morning. My reply was clear. I wondered why Atiku and his
group did not realise that with my reply, the battle line was clear or maybe
they thought that the seven ingredients would remain intact to the end.
My assistants had moles within the
Atiku group. Anything that they planned would be reported. That was the case
after Ogbeh’s letter. They decided that Ogbeh should appear remorseful and come
with the National Working Committee to apologize to me. It was not from their
hearts, but to lure me to a ‘killing ground’.
“All pieces of information that were
reported were verified because it would not come from only one informant.
“Timely information is a very
important principle of war and also of politics. In politics, just as in war,
what matters is not just your plan, but knowledge of your opponent’s plan.
Knowing their plan, I had the choice of playing along with them or being firm,
I chose the latter.
“I told Ogbeh that my relationship
with him as national chairman and me as national leader of the party was based
on mutual confidence and trust. But with his letter, my reply and what I knew
of him then, I could no longer work with him in confidence and trust.
“There were only two choices left
for both of us in our best interest and that of the party – he, leaves as
chairman or I leave as leader of the party.
“The following Sunday, I called at
his house, which I had done on several occasions in the past when there was an
important party matter to discuss. This time, I asked him to give me an undated
letter of resignation as the national chairman.
“I waited, he gave me but it was
wrongly addressed to me rather than to the national secretary of the party as
stipulated in the party’s constitution.
“Ogbeh reported to his group and it
was decided by them to play on and to wait for my disgrace whenever I presented
a letter of resignation not addressed to the national secretary.
“The informants did their job and I,
once again, paid another visit to Ogbeh at his residence. He entertained me to
a meal and drink, and changed the addressee on his letter of resignation.
Get this point clearly: Atiku cant be president,
When it became clear to Mr Atiku that Mr
Obasanjo will not tip him as his successo, After completing his two terms as
vice-president under the PDP, Mr Abubakar moved to then-newly-formed Action
Congress he won the ticket of the AC, now defunct, but lost to Umar Yar’Adua in
the 2007 presidential polls.
2. Atiku later returned to the PDP, in time for his disclosure of interest in the then-ruling party’s presidential ticket for the 2011 elections. He was, however, beaten to this by Mr Jonathan, whose status as acting-president following the death of Mr Yar’Adua in May 2010 placed him in a better position to use the party’s machinery to his advantage.
3. In 2014, Atiku Abubakar again abandoned the PDP and joined the APC, which was a merger of at least four political parties. He vied for the party’s ticket and lost to Mohammedu Buhari at the December 2014 convention in Lagos.
4. Atiku Abubakar defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress last November. It would be his third time of leaving a political party in a quest to actualise his presidential ambition which began in 1992. 1993 Atiku contested against Moshood Abiola for the Social Democratic Party’s ticket in the 1993 elections, but said he stepped down for the late business mogul after being pressured to do so.
5. Atiku Abubakar made his way back to the PDP in November 2017, after it became clear to him that Mr Buhari would seek re-election and he would be difficult to stop him as an incumbent.
6. Atiku Abubakar’s apparent inconsistencies, the raging controversy around his U.S. visa status and now the unambiguous position of Mr Obasanjo could all make for a devastating political cocktail, said political analyst Gbola Oba.
7. Chief Obasanjo’s reasons for not supporting Atiku Abubakar initially, was strictly based on alleged corrupt personality traits.
8. Prof. Wole Soyinka was quoted by The Nation as saying he warned Mr Abubakar that he would pay a heavy price.
. Prof. Wole Soyinka said and I quote: But I warned Atiku that for making Obasanjo to kneel down for you, be sure you would have to pay heavily for that. I guess my warning came to pass if you remember Atiku’s dramatic change of fortune once Obasanjo was sworn in for a second term of office.”
desperation to sale Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) remind us of how
NITEL and Nigeria Airway was sold and thousands of Nigerians became jobless their gratuity were not paid for years
leading to death of many of them without pension. During this ugly period Atiku
Abubakar personal business strives, he acquired a private jet, establish schools
and the Adama Beverage LTD amongst other companies.
With all the above fact about Atiku Abubakar, you will agree with me that he has no political structure to win a presidential seat in Nigeria .