FG’s Latest Ploy as Atiku Returns from Washington
Nigeria News takes a look at the trip of PDP Presidential candidate to the US and the latest ploy by FG to nail him back home.
If the police who have put you on a wanted list suddenly invite you for a dinner instead of sending you into cell, your story may become a bestselling.
Members of the public will be ready to buy such book not because the story is newsworthy but to unravel the mystery behind the sudden friendship with the police.
So was the story of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who landed in Washington DC, 13 years after he had visited the United States.
He was denied visa severally until after he emerged the PDP presidential flagbearer late last year. US government is the police of the world no doubt, its foreign policy has defined the political direction of many countries, including Nigeria.
One could remember how former President Goodluck Jonathan accused the former US President, Barrack Obama of influencing the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Though, the present America President, Donald Trump has said that his government has no preferred candidate between the All Progressives Congress’ President Muhammadu Buhari and the PDP candidate, Atiku, the Washington visit on Thursday may have given a different impression of how far Atiku had lobbied himself into reckoning.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who is also the leader of Atiku’s campaign team, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce were among the personalities on the entourage of Atiku.
Back home, the Federal Government was raging that Atiku would be questioned when he returns from the US.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed alleged that Atiku was involved in a scam of N156 billion that eventually made Bank PHB ran bankrupt.
He stated that the Federal Government had got enough evidence and facts to nail Atiku as soon as he arrives from Washington.
This is a new plot by the ruling APC government after it had failed to foil Atiku’s journey to the US.
But Atiku must come home quickly to do more of grassroots campaign as the February 16 draws closer. He is expected to have garnered more confidence from his US trip.
The public rating of Atiku is rising, mostly among the corporate groups who do not agree with the economic policies of Buhari’s government.
And if one should judge this government by the performance of President Buhari at the town hall meeting on Tuesday, Atiku has greater chance.
This is the time Atiku can capitalise on the weakness of President Buhari to pave way for himself towards 2019 election.
The campaign train of the APC moved to Edo State on Friday while Atiku was abroad to launder his image.
It is a step in the right direction but the PDP should realise that no vote comes from abroad. The Independent National Electoral Commission only has provision for Internally Displaced Nigerians in Niger and Sudan.
For Nigerians in the diaspora, Atiku could only redefine himself as a responsible adult and PDP candidate that had been severally accused of corruption but never prosecuted.
The political atmosphere is blissful at present but there are indications that things may get tougher as soon as Atiku returns.
The World is watching if Buhari’s government would carry out its threat as posited about three days ago that Atiku would be questioned over his role in Bank PHB problem.
This alone may make PDP supporters and Atiku’s admirers to rise against the vindictiveness of the APC ruling government.
Before then, let us leave our fingers crossed.