2023: Atiku Should not be trusted with PDP Presidential Ticket – PDP chieftain

by Opeyemi Alimi
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Afegbua vs Atiku Abubakar

The Spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2019 Presidential Election and former Edo State Commissioner for information, Kassim Afegbua, has said that the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, should not be trusted with the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This is coming a day after the former Nigerian vice president made a ridiculous comment that he will always get PDP presidential ticket.

Recall that Atiku Abubakar, after a visit to the former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, revealed that he’s confident that he would always win the PDP’s ticket. This, however, angered a lot of PDP’s chieftains, who felt that the former Vice-President statement is tantamount to taking the party and its entire structure for granted.

Reacting to this, Afegbua, in a statement released on Sunday, rubbished Atiku’s claim, adding that the PDP cannot repeat the mistake they make when they supported him in 2019, where he later abandoned the party after he eventually lost the presidential election.

He would then advise the former vice president to forgo his ambition to become president and support a younger aspirant from the southern part of Nigeria.

In his statement:

“I read with dismay the statement credited to former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar where he boasted that he would always get the presidential ticket of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.”

Afegbua said Atiku is only bothered about his selfish aspiration rather than to start working towards the strengthening of the party’s structures for more electoral triumphs.

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The spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar campaign organisation in 2019 stressed that the former vice president won the PDP presidential ticket in 2019 because it was agreed by the party and all Southern aspirants to allow all northern aspirants to contest the primary election. He added:

“The claim that “I will always get the ticket of the PDP”, flies in the face of logic, fact and reality.”

Afegbua reiterated that PDP cannot repeat the mistake of 2019 when the former vice president abandoned the party that supported him and travelled to faraway Dubai. He said:

“We cannot afford the mistake of 2019 when Alhaji Abubakar abandoned all his foot-soldiers and sought refuge in faraway Dubai.”

“A true political General ought to secure his troops and return them to the barracks after the war to carry out critical assessment before knowing the next step.”

Afegbua stressed further that Alhaji Abubakar ran away to Dubai and exposed the PDP to the threats and intimidation of the monstrous APC in 2019. He cowardly chickened out, unlike the Ukrainian President, Zelensky, who has been standing by his people, to the extent of going to the battlefront with AK-47 to secure his country from Russian invasion.

He added that such a leader does not deserve to be trusted with the responsibility of representing their party’s complete interest in the 2023 elections’ struggle, noting that the decision of the party ahead of 2023 can not be changed, no matter the amount of closed-door meetings Atiku had with the former leaders.

Afegbua, however, told the former vice president not to be deceived. He added:

“No former president would support an Atiku presidency, at a time they all have spoken loudly about fielding younger President in 2023”.

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