Is There Any Substitute For Buhari?

Nigeria News takes a look at the chance of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the 2019 presidential election draws closer.


I watched former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on the Silverbird Television on Friday where he gave the keynote address at the Silverbird Man of the Year Awards and I was not convinced that he had something to offer this country again.


Atiku sounded rusty and uninformed. He did not act like somebody that could favourably challenge President Muhammadu Buhari and win the 2019 presidential election.


Perhaps, age has also set in for Atiku. Like Buhari, it took Atiku about 20 minutes to read about two-page-prepared speech, which of course did not reveal new things but a repetition of what we have been hearing from politicians in decades.


Even when Atiku had the opportunity to explain his role in the June 12, 1993 election, which was won by Chief MKO Abiola, the former vice president could only remember how he stepped down for the acclaimed winner towards the poll.


Possibly because of time, Atiku failed to drive his points with some emotional quotients. He suddenly lost his intellectual power, which of course would have changed the minds of the audience to his side.


As a matter of fact, the daughter of Chief MKO Abiola who received the posthumous award on behalf of the Abiola’s family stole the show with her moving speech. She melted the hearts of the audience as she extolled the virtue of her late father who chose to die for democracy to be in Nigeria.


She noted that her father chose the line of valour and died so that the political elites today could enjoy democracy. The Eko Hotel and Suites, venue of the event was silent as Abiola’s daughter uttered the soft words but with power that created mix feelings in the hall.


She had called on Nigerians to produce a new set of leaders that could challenge the status quo as she waited on the podium to receive the honour plaque from Atiku.


Atiku should have taken this advantage to launch himself into reckoning but his logic failed him. At the event was the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike who won the Silverbird Man of the Year and the Ekiti State Governor who won Sillverbird Man of the People Award but can these set of leaders challenge Buhari in 2019.


How will the Peoples Democratic Party fair in the hands the PDP governors who will bankroll the election? Will PDP come up with a strong, young, energetic and vibrant youth to challenge the All Progressives Congress ruling party?


These and many questions have continued to disturb my thought now that the APC is not getting its acts together. The APC’s reconciliatory team led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is facing a daunting challenge from its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.


Tinubu said last week that Oyegun was sabotaging his effort in reconciling the aggrieved members of the party. As at this morning, there have been gang up against the former Lagos State Governor by some Oyegun’s loyalists in the party.


Recalled that Tinubu had called for the resignation of Oyegun, a situation that does not go down well with some party chieftains, including the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.


As events unfold, no political party has come up with a strong candidate to challenge the falling house of APC.

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