Atiku: How Not To Denigrate Tinubu

Nigeria News takes a look at the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s statement on Tinubu.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has not done himself any favour by trying to belittle former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu during his visit to the Pan-Yoruba Social Cultural Group Afenifere.

Atiku told a leader of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo that he would have taken over Lagos State from Tinubu’s Alliance for Democracy in 2003 if he had wished to do so.

But for the long-lasting relationship between him and Tinubu since their days in the Social Democratic Party, Atiku said he allowed the former governor to win the second term but ensured that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP swept the Southwest.

As Atiku put it, “I have asked my boss then, President Olusegun Obasanjo to let me take over the southwest and he gave me go ahead. The PDP eventually won all the five southwest states except Lagos. I did that because of my relationship with Tinubu.

If the purpose of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in denigrating Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is to secure the PDP presidential ticket, he has missed it.

Yes, he assisted Tinubu during the Obasanjo’s administration. In a way, it is time for Tinubu to pay back. But the Jagaban of Borgu may have more than enough reasons not to see things the Atiku way. But that may not have stopped him from assisting a former ally since the Gen. Shehu Yar’Adua’s days.

Coming out like this to denigrate the current political Leader of the South-West is not only ill-advised but a strategic mistake. If he gets the ticket, Tinubu will ensure he fades into oblivion through an ignoble defeat in 2019.

Atiku does not need a war with Tinubu. He has more than enough to contend with within PDP, where many of the stakeholders do not currently see him as being one of them.

Atiku’s Campaign Director, the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel should talk to his boss to calm down. A campaign DG is the engine room. Going against Tinubu in the manner he has done is certain to injure him politically even within his current political party.

Tinubu has remained a consistent benefactor of Lagos PDP since 1999. And, it goes beyond Lagos. If Atiku is smart enough, he should have known that.

Many PDP ‘stalwarts’ today owe their continued relevance to Tinubu. I wonder why Atiku with his old closeness to Asiwaju does not know this.

It is amazing that a person of Atiku’s political experience is so unmindful of the strength of Tinubu in Nigeria politics. Atiku should know better and is expected to be in a better position to caution his followers from drawing a battle line against the Lagos State former governor.

Till today, the killer of former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige has not been found. The Cicero of Esa-oke in Osun State was killed on the 24 of December 2001, a few months to kick off the campaign for Obasanjo’s second term in office.

Ige had planned to resign from Obasanjo’s cabinet for World Court in The Hague when gunmen visited his home in Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State and silenced him.

Could this be part of Atiku’s strategies then, to take over the southwest? Only God knows.

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