REVEALED: Atiku, Tinubu in cold war

REVEALED: Atiku, Tinubu in cold war

By Gbenga Odunsi, Abuja

In the light of the bickering over who controls the soul of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2019 General Election, AljazirahNigeria reports on the rift between the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.

The APC top-shots, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar are now in cold war, AljazirahNigeria gathered.

Findings reveal that the political juggernauts may be heading for a showdown in preparation for the 2019 elections.

The Adamawa state politician expressed dissatisfaction on how he was sidelined by Tinubu in the 2015 Presidential election.

Atiku revealed how he formed Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and further suggested All Progressives Congress (APC) to Bola Tinubu in 2013.

“I am the brain behind the formation of ACN and APC, I suggested APC to Tinub but I was shocked at how he sold me out to Buhari.

I was not even consulted on whom to deputise Buhari in 2015 Presidential election. Tinubu did it on his own” he added.

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AljazirahNigeria gathered that Atiku Abubakar may soon defect to another party.

This was disclosed by the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar at his residence in Abuja when some youth leaders under the umbrella of Youth Leaders Forum in Nigeria visited him.

“I will not contest in APC or PDP. I will soon tell you all my direction regarding the party I will flag in 2019.

Atiku Abubakar who stated he would run for 2019, promised youth friendly government when he assumes power. He further stated that his cabinet will be 65% youth and 35% for women.

Atiku lamented the series of blackmail, tribal and religious sentiments playing out in Nigeria

For those who don’t know, Atiku contested the APC presidential primaries in 2015 and could not secure the support of Tinubu. Instead, Tinubu pulled his weight behind President Buhari.

 The former Lagos State governor reason for supporting Buhari was not far-fetched.  He believed that the president had a wider appeal especially in the northern part of the country, coupled with his untainted record which he has maintained for years.

AljazirahNigeria recall that at the presidential primaries which held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, the president polled 3,340 votes with Atiku in distant third with 954 votes. Former Kano State governor and now senator, Rabiu Kwankwaso garnered 974 votes.

The rifts between Atiku and Tinubu dated back to 2016 over who should become the Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, AljazirahNigeria gathered.

While Tinubu felt sidelined because when political office holders like the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, president Buhari, National Assembly members, governors, among others no longer regard his position as the national leader of the APC.

On his part, Atiku believed his contribution to the president’s victory must be recognized. The former number two man ran the rings for Buhari in the north in addition to the financial support he deployed for the campaign. It was however the president’s indifference to the position of the BoT chairman that made the fight die a natural death.

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There was also alleged case of campaign loan of N1billion which the Asiwaju had not remitted back to Atiku. According to reports, Tinubu sought loan from Atiku to fund the 2015 elections which the APC won not only as the party at the center but also capturing some states which hitherto belonged to PDP. Tinubu, it was gathered promised to pay back the money after the elections.

 It remained to be seen if the two political ‘whales’ will mend fences and cracks between them or go their separate ways to end the years of political inconveniences between them.

 

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