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 PDP crisis: Atiku’s bid for Presidency has hit the rocks, says Tinubu’s Campaign Council

“After violating his party’s code for power rotation between the north and south and grabbing the PDP ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about our national ethos, Alhaji Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council said on Friday that with the tales of woes bedeviling the PDP, it is crystal clear that its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s bid for Nigeria’s top job has hit the rocks.

The Council which mocked Atiku, said the presidency is slipping away from him as his party has imploded.

In a statement by its Director, Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, and given to Persecondnews on Friday, the council said: “Once again, another bid for the presidency by Atiku is slipping away.

“This is unraveling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for electioneering campaign. His party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in disarray.

“The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri what with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls.

“After violating his party’s code for power rotation between the north and south and grabbing the PDP ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about our national ethos, Alhaji Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition.

“The PDP has imploded in a battle of attrition, the result of which is predictable. The ongoing fraticidal war where a faction of the party being led by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is engaging Atiku in a fight to finish has undermined any momentum the PDP candidate had hoped to build.”

It said with further loss of confidence in PDP by its own members who could not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party, it is crystal clear that Atiku’s latest bid for the Nigeria’s top job has hit the rocks.

The Council said a pillar of Atiku’s campaign was the claim of being a unifier and nationalist, saying that bogus claim had now been discredited, even within his party as the disaffected members cried for justice and inclusivity.

It said instead of the “perennially running and perennially failing candidate” to offer them some sop, he had rebuffed them, pleading that he could not grant their request for justice.

“Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members, who cannot forge an entente among them, cannot be expected to unify our country. Instead of being a unifier, Atiku is now a divider-in-chief.

“His campaign on this score is heading for a still birth, just as some of his programmes have been found to be nothing new, as they are already being implemented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The former Vice-President created the crisis for himself by pushing the fallacy that only a Northern candidate can win the Presidency for his party despite the open record that Southerners, when they network with their Northern compatriots can also win the election.

“Former leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999, 2003 and 2011.

“As a campaign, we can only pity former Vice President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he invited unto himself. Chinua Achebe, the very accomplished novelist in one of his classics, Arrow of God, wrote that a man who brought ant-infested faggots into the homestead should not grumble when lizards begin to pay him a visit,” the statement said.

“Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye.”

 

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