Phrank Shaibu is a public communication consultant who writes from Abuja. In this piece, he discusses five (5) reasons why he believes that the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, “will beat Buhari, fool” in the 2019 elections.
Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar raises his hands after winning the presidential ticket from the opposition Popular Democratic Party (PDP) during the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on October 7, 2018.
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), chose Abubakar to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking a second term in the presidential elections scheduled for February 2019. / AFP PHOTO /
According to him, one of the reasons is that president Buhari’s approval ratings have fallen even below average.
Atiku Abubakar had been announced today as the winner of the Popular Democratic Party, PDP, which was held in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
After Atiku’s victory, Shaibu said that the focus of his article is to show why Wazirin Adamawa is the next president of Nigeria.
“Last week marked a turning point in the political history of the nation, it was Atiku and all the news about his long-awaited victory at the national convention of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) that ended on Sunday in Port Harcourt. week in which the Congress of All Progressives (APC, for its acronym in English), affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as his candidate for the presidential elections of 2019.
As with any major event in the political firmament of the nation, the victory of Atiku is the current story on the Internet since noon on Sunday. Their overwhelming victory has made everyone speak. The focus of this article is, therefore, why he is the next president of Nigeria.
The dismal performance of Buhari
It is no longer news that the approval rating of President Muhammadu Buhari has collapsed in the last three years he was in office, which informs political experts that a race against the president in 2019 carries no political risk.
In fact, NOI Polls, the No. 1 survey service for Nigeria, has issued a condemnatory verdict on the administration of President Buhari, and the results of his survey show that in the last three years, the job performance rating of the The president has worsened, plummeting its highest rating of 78 percent and 80 percent in September and October 2015, to 37 percent in August 2016 and more recently to 38 percent and 39 percent in the months February and April 2018, respectively.
In more specific terms, the president’s average approval rating in 2018 is below the average at 39.6 percent; with its last rating of May 2018 with 41 percent. He did badly in all areas of evaluation. So, if 2018 is the truth for 2019, a well-founded candidate, such as former vice president Atiku, can face the president with the possibility of a good electoral spectacle.
The intimidating record of Atiku
There is no doubt that Atiku Abubakar has been the Nigerian most prepared to lead the state ship in the last decade. However, he has not been able to update his ambition due to the disposition of some detractors who feel threatened by the rich credentials he brings to the table.
But this is understandable because politics stains the nobles. The same goes for Atiku. After impacting our national life during four solid decades, his impeccable record speaks about his public spirit and his support for worthy causes. At a time when many still had problems and sought relevance, Atiku dominated Nigeria as a colossus par excellence, offering goodwill, service, and altruism. These are undeniable.
From his days as an important customs agent, through his attempt to fly the flag of the late Social Democratic Party (SDP), Atiku has gone through the monotony of grassroots politics to record his name as governor-elect of Adamawa state in 1999.
His supreme glory is as vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007. The question remains if it was not good, how could he seal a seal of excellence everywhere he was during all these years?
It is not a lie that Atiku’s role as vice president under President Olusegun Obasanjo has become a point of reference on how deputies can be loyal and effective. With the exception of the cynics, the intellect of Atiku and his contributions to the current debate for restructuring and fiscal federalism are incontrovertible.
In addition, governance is not about making claims of integrity or some grim struggle against grafting. It has little to do with age. It has more to do with competition, sensitivity and the ability to respond to the difficulties of the governed. Inside and outside public offices, Wazirin Adamawa exemplifies excellence. His mission, as it appears in his acceptance speech in Port Harcourt, has a huge trunk to do with making Nigeria a better place for all.
The appearance of Atiku as the presidential candidate of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) was no coincidence. It is consistent with the decision of party members to raise the level of public service and put Nigeria back on the side of sustainable growth and development.
Restructuring and fiscal federalism.
Approximately two years after his harsh conference on the state of the nation, the languages continue to wag. Many Nigerians believe that their views on the controversial issues of restructuring and fiscal federalism are a timely wake-up call, and will form an important part of the issues that will shape the campaigns for the nation’s most coveted political position in 2019.
Being that a man of Atiku’s position was the one who sought “control of resources” made a big difference in the context of power alignments.
He has always argued that Nigeria, as it is currently constituted as an entity, is rooted in corruption, impunity, and injustice and, therefore, must be reconstituted.
According to him, political and civic leaders across the country should unite, discuss, negotiate and make the compromises and sacrifices necessary to restructure our federation and make the nation a stronger, more united, productive and competitive country.
His argument is that there is a flaw in the constitution of the country, which is why there is a recurrent cry of marginalization of all sections of the country. Atiku believes that no section of Nigeria can correctly claim that the current structure of our federation serves its people better.
Since then, he has challenged those who oppose the restructuring of the country’s federal system in its current form, to show an example of countries that work well with a structure like Nigeria.
Whatever one’s arguments, the restructuring will determine how Nigerians will vote during the upcoming presidential elections in Nigeria.
A Robust Manifesto
Atiku Abubakar’s plan for Nigeria is, by far, his most powerful weapon. The rich manifesto addresses all the challenges currently facing the country. From defense and security, through the creation of jobs, education, and infrastructure, to the alleviation of poverty and power, no document of any presidential candidate in the history of Nigeria approaches the Atiku manifesto in terms of concept, content, and creativity.
To convince Nigerians that he has the vision and the readiness to change the almost desperate situation and offer a better deal, Atiku has articulated an ambitious manifesto, possibly one of the most elaborate in the political history of Nigeria.
The same advantage is seen in social networks where Wazirin Adamawa is a household name. The importance of this is that VP Atiku is much more popular and more acceptable to people than any politician who seeks to be president in 2019.
The transitory memory of Nigerian voters
Nigerians have a short fuse when it comes to showing understanding with leaders, especially when such leaders are not fulfilling their electoral promises. I remember that in 2011, former President Goodluck Jonathan was the favorite of Nigerians through ethnic and religious division.
He won the 2011 election with several million votes ahead of General Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare.
For 2015, this same Jonathan lost to Buhari and left the scene with so much hatred from the voting public. Buhari was elected who had been rejected at the polls three consecutive times. A Buhari who had been completely disdained as a fanatic, a religious extremist and an ineligible candidate became the toast of Nigerian voters.
This time, the story is about to repeat itself with an Atiku victory in the February general election. ”
By Phrank Shaibu
* SHAIBU, a public communication consultant writes from Abuja
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