2023: APC In Trouble As Atiku Gives Big Task To Wike, Saraki, Others, Reveals ‘Take Over’ Plan
In reaction, Atiku while soliciting the support of the PDP leaders urged the major stakeholders of the party to get to work and not take the impending defeat of the ruling APC for granted Excited Atiku disclosed that the primary was a contest within a family but the main contest is the one to win the presidency of our country for our party.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has solicited the support of his rivals in the opposition party to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election, The Punch reports. Atiku made this appeal on Wednesday, June 1, after he received the party’s Certificate of Return at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, in Abuja.
According to the former Vice-President, his main opponent is the APC and not his co-aspirants in Sunday’s presidential primary.
Atiku appeal to Saraki, Wike and others
He urged his contenders to join forces with him to eject the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
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Atiku said what happened was not an election but a process for the party to put its best forward for the general election, Daily Trust added.
This was as he also pleaded with the NWC to bring everyone on board towards wrestling power from the APC, adding that: “We should not take their defeat for granted.
We must unite and work extremely hard for every single vote in this country. There is so much to do. And there is very little time to waste. So let’s get to work.”
APC Can Not Defeat Atiku If They Fail To Produce Acceptable, saleable And Popular Candidate – Babajide Otitoju
In another development, Babajide Otitoju, a popular Nigerian broadcaster has stated that unless the ruling party elected a popular candidate in their primaries, Atiku Abubakar would be the next president.
It is no longer news that former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has been elected by the People Democratic Party to represent the party in the 2023 presidential election.
It would be recalled that Atiku defeated the likes of Bukola Saraki, Dele Momodu, as well as Nyesom Wike to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the coming elections.
It would also be recalled that the All Progressives Congress have concluded their screening and are gearing up for the primaries.
Babajide Otitoju, a popular Nigerian broadcaster and multiple awards winning journalist yesterday’s Tuesday 31st-05-2022 has stated that unless the ruling party elected a popular candidate in their primaries, Atiku Abubakar would be the next president.
Speaking during yesterday’s edition of journalists hangout, Babajide Otitoju said Atiku is a formidable candidate that has been contesting for the presidential seat over the years.
According to him, Atiku Abubakar would easily win if APC did not present a candidate that would be acceptable.
Hear him “Atiku is not a push over. Any body that can run the race against the sitting president the way Atiku did is not a push over. Atiku won even more states. He won states that his party was not controlling. That’s not the kind of person you will joke with.
If you bring somebody who is not popular enough, somebody who doesn’t have a cross country support and appeal, you can not be able to defeat Atiku. It is on records that Atiku Abubakar contested election and done well in the past. He may not have won all the elections he participated but he has done well. He is a formidable opponent. For those who understand politics would know that Atiku is formidable and he knows the game. That’s why he contested for 29 years. If you don’t want Atiku to get lucky, you must choose an acceptable and saleable candidates that is popular to the people. ” Babajide Otitoju stated.
APC NWC Sends Warning To Buhari Over Choice Of Successor, Says Decision ‘Risky’ For The Party
In other news, the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday wrote an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to resist the temptation to foist a successor on the party.
This is even as the NWC warned that anything short of providing a level playing field to all the 23 screened presidential aspirants would prove ‘democratically risky’ for the party.
Buhari had told the APC governors when he hosted them on Tuesday that he needs their support in choosing his successor.
The APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, was also at the meeting, which held at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
The development is coming six days before the rescheduled presidential convention slated to hold at Eagles Square on June 6.
In the open letter signed by APC National Vice Chairman (North-West), Mallam Salihu Lukman, the NWC disclosed that it will be highly risky to adopt the same succession framework that birthed poorly imposed political succession arrangement in the country.
“The temptation for leaders to choose their successors is democratically risky and very costly. If in 2013/2014, Your Excellency could submit yourself to internal democratic process, it is important that your successor also follow the same process.
“Notwithstanding, however, there is the overriding requirement to appeal to you to kindly resist the temptation. I would have wished we have enough time for open debate within our party. Unfortunately, as things are, we have less than one week to settle this matter.
“Like in the case of December 10, 2014 APC National Convention, everything will be done at this year’s APC National Convention to guarantee level playing field for all aspiring Presidential candidates of our party. Any recommendation to the contrary will be inimical and injurious to the electoral fortunes of our great party, APC,” he said.
According to him, a major disadvantage with succession arrangement with governors choosing their successors is that it negatively affects relationship between the successor and the predecessor.
Lukman recalled the unfortunate third-term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and how it eventually eroded all his achievements as a leader, warning that it is necessary to caution against any transition initiative that risked being unpopular.
He stated that any initiative that potentially took away the rights of party members to elect candidates would potentially mobilise Nigerians against the party and rubbish Mr. President. (The PUNCH)