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PDP’s Internal Contradictions: How Atiku’s Inconsistencies Helped Obi Emerge Nigeria’s Consensus Candidate Of The Masses

The Oasis Reporters

September 27, 2022




By Greg Abolo






Peter Obi (left), Atiku Abubakar.




A lot of regrets permeate every gathering of PDP stalwarts today as they rehash the ‘Had We Known’ wicked cards they dished to former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011 and 2015 which is boomeranging on them, twelve years after.

The man they ganged up against and he left quietly..former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan returning from an international peace mission in Mali.

The effect is telling more on the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign as cash hungry activists look up to its vast financial chest, yet raise solidarity fists at Peter Obi’s growing popularity on the streets, even when they do not dole out bribes.

The regrettable wishes they express include their gang-up against Jonathan. If only they had acceded to his hopes of winning the 2015 presidential election. The PDP presidential ticket would have belonged to the north in 2019 and 2023. But by aborting Jonathan’s desire in 2015, the PDP ticket in 2023 now automatically belongs to the South.

Then Atiku Abubakar hijacked it through a dollarized orchestration that angered party members and disunited the party.
This has made nonsense of his declarations and threats in 2010, which have all risen like ghosts to haunt the PDP despite clutching the ticket that ought to have rightly belonged to the South.

Now he has the empty ticket that has alienated PDP’s traditional support base.
To compound matters, the departure of party men and women to swell the ranks of Peter Obi in the Labour Party now makes Atiku’s campaign so hollow at a time political slush funds have failed.
People are rallying for Peter Obi by using their own funds and rejecting luring bribes from other parties. They proudly say they don’t need ‘shishi’, Nigerian street slang for cash.

Read a throwback December 15, 2010 news item that exposes Atiku, Iyorchia Ayu as men without the far sight.:

Zoning: Don’t push us to the wall, Violence may be inevitable’ -Atiku warns

December 15, 2010

By Henry Umoru
A Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Wednesday warned that if the leadership of the Party and that of the country jettison the already existing zoning arrangement, it would amount to making violence change inevitable.

Speaking Wednesday at National Stakeholders’ Conference, 2010 at the Thisday Dome, Abuja, the former Vice President who noted that he was not praying that the political situation of the party and that of the country should get to the level of applying violent means to address the nation’s problems, also stressed that if the PDP fails to embrace reforms, it stands the risk of making itself irrelevant.

PDP Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu who midwifed a drastic change in the PDP constitution to shortchange the South that has been the bastion of PDP support and survival of the party for over seven years.

Meanwhile, Former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu has called on Nigerians especially those from the South to put behind them those eras in the 1960s which produced coups and counter coups in the country, just as northerners became Heads of State during the periods.

According to Ayu, “North is not set out to dominate anybody. I want you to ignore the Nigerian history of 60’s that produced coups and counter coups with its leaders as northerners. It was not conspiratorial on the part of the Northern political leaders, it was accidental.

“When we had opportunity we, not only brought out President Obasanjo who was in prison for treason out, but the north made him President even when his immediate community rejected him. It was the highest show of solidarity by the North. The least our brothers from the south can do is to demonstrate and reciprocate the goodwill.”

Ayu who admitted that the task ahead them is ensuring that the Consensus Candidate for the north, Atiku Abubakar gets the party’s ticket as well as become the President of the country come next year, said, “we are trying to tell you that we have difficult task ahead of us. If you are not present here today, the consensus effort would have been a failure. But with your presence here today, Atiku ceases to be the Northern Consensus Candidate but the Consensus Candidate of Nigeria.”

The Conference which had as its theme, “Building Consensus for National Unity”, was convened by the Northern Political Leaders Forum, NPLF, the Igbo Political Forum, the Yoruba Redemption group and the South South Unity Forum.

Speaking further, Atiku said, “Our coming here is not about Atiku, it is about the peace, the unity and stability of Nigeria as exemplified by all the speakers who spoke to this audience today. Today is about building consensus for national unity. We have some elder statesmen on consensus building. It is about the rule of law, due process and standing for what is right.

“I am an instrument for realizing these value. I promise that by the grace of almighty God, we shall bring this country back to the part of honour. Before I end this short address let me send a message to our great party the PDP: if the PDP does not reform, it stands the risk of making itself irrelevant. Let me again send another message to the leadership of PDP that those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent change inevitable.”

Also in his remarks, former Senate President Ken Nnamani who warned that some leaders of the country were planning to put national unity to the burner, stressed that rotation and zoning which has become part of the nation’s history, was beyond the north, the PDP, adding that it has become a national challenge.

Nnamani who noted that Nigeria has a lot to learn from the process that brought out Atiku Abubakar, stressed that it showed high sense of humility and patriotism, just as he said that if the choice was from some parts of the country, there would have been series of court litigations now, adding that zoning must be adhered to against the backdrop that all political office holders were beneficiary of same process.

The former Senate President who called for the externalization of the Consensus candidate process, also called on Nigerians to disregard comments by the President General of Ohanenze Ndigbo, Ralph Uwechue, adding that as a country, we lack political will to implement agreements, adding that some politicians were overheating the polity for their gains, even as he said that there was tension in PDP because of plans to circumvent the rules.

Roll call

General Ibrahim Babangida, General Mohammed Aliyu Gusua, Atiku Abubakar, Former Chairman, Police Affairs Commission, Chief Simon Okeke, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu; Lawal Kaita; AVM Hamza Abdullahi; Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Ajia Chinyere Ogugua Agagbo; Funke Adedoyin; Professor Babalola Borishade; Alhaji Isa Ozi Salami, Professor A.T. Abubakar, Professor Sam Oyovbaire; Lawal Batagarawa; Saleh Hassan; Haruna Adamu and Saleh Hassan.

Others were former Deputy governor of Kogi, Patrick Adaba, Air Commodore Ibrahim Alkali, Farouk Bibi Farouk; Udenta Udenta; Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Professor Osita Ogbu; Mrs Titi Ajanaku, Chief Peter Biakpana; Oyewale Fashawe; Hassan Mohammed; Aboki Shuluwa; Saleh Jambo; Dr. Sam Egwu, Professor Chinwe Obaje, Professor A.B.C Nwosu; Kalu Idika Kalu; Ibrahim Kazuare; Senator Yushua Anka, Senator Hamman Bello, Dubem Onyia, Representative of Israeli Ambassador, among others

Talk about the speeches made in 2010, catching up with the makers, twelve years after.



Greg Abolo

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