2019 Buhari VS Atiku: Proves there is no hope for a better future. #Opinion

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I just can’t help but to imagine what will be our fate tomorrow, look into the future we do not need a seer to show us we are in trouble. What can we do to stop this doomsday or should I call it apocalypse? Are we going to continue to suffer the same way, come 2019? Or we are going to fall into a new trap under a new government?

As it looks like we are not going to be left with any choice but to choose between continuity and new troubles.

We already know the state of the country under the current government which us only just as bad as it can ever be for us. All unfulfilled promises, shattered hopes, torment, torture, persecution, killings, misuse of power, just to mention a few.

But here comes another man promising us again like we are gullible. Well a better country, how else can we listen and sell our hopes again?

The name Atiku has being in Nigeria’s democracy for as far back as in the 80’s.

 

Atiku Abubakar, GCON (born 25 November 1946) is a Nigerian politician, businessman (well good one) and philanthropist (we do not know for sure), who served as the second elected vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service was then known. He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics. He ran for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.

In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected vice president on 29 May 1999.

Abubakar’s second term as Vice President was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo. His bid to succeed Obasanjo did not receive the latter’s support, and it took a judgment of the Supreme Court to allow Abubakar contest after he was initially disqualified by the Independent National Electoral Commission on the grounds that he had been indicted for financial misconduct by an investigating panel set up at Obasanjo’s behest. The Supreme Court ordered the electoral commission to restore Abubakar’s name onto the presidential ballot. Abubakar ran on the platform of the Action Congress, having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo. Abubakar lost the election, placing third after Umaru Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

We have not forgotten Atiku’s involvement in our current situation as he was part of the founding founders of APC which he left because of his presidential ambition. (Well he has always been a part of all our problems as providing us with incompetent leaders)

Does he deserves our trust? I am not sure as he has taken this Ambition as a do or die affair.

First presidential run: in 1992 Abubakar ’s 1992 bid for the presidential primary of the SDP. With no chance of contesting for the presidency, Yar’Adua decided to push Abubakar forward as the focal point of SDP’s ambitions. Abubakar came third in the convention primary. But because MKO Abiola, the winner, had won by only about 400 votes a run-off was due. Abubakar stepped down for Abiola, asking his supporters to cast their votes for him, with an unwritten agreement that Abiola would announce Abubakar as his running mate. Abiola won the SDP ticket, and announced Babagana Kingibe, the runner-up, as his running mate.

Second presidential run (2006–2007)[edit]

On 25 November 2006 Abubakar announced that he would run for president. On 20 December 2006, he was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC).[10]

On 14 March 2007, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the final list of 24 aspirants for 21 April presidential election. Abubakar’s name was missing from the ballot. INEC issued a statement stating that Abubakar’s name was missing because he was on a list of persons indicted for corruption by a panel set up by the government.[11] Abubakar headed to the courts on 16 March to have his disqualification overturned.

Abubakar with Muhammadu Buhari.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on 16 April that INEC had no power to disqualify candidates.[12]

The ruling allowed Abubakar to contest the election, although there were concerns that it might not be possible to provide ballots with Abubakar’s name by 21 April, the date of the election. On 17 April, a spokesman for INEC said that Abubakar would be on the ballot.

According to official results, Abubakar took third place, behind PDP candidate Umaru Yar’Adua and ANPP candidate Muhammadu Buhari, with approximately 7% of the vote (2.6 million votes). Abubakar rejected the election results and called for its cancellation, describing it as Nigeria’s “worst election ever.”[13]

He stated that he would not attend Umaru Yar’Adua’s inauguration on 29 May due to his view that the election was not credible, saying that he did not want to “dignify such a hollow ritual with my presence.”[14]

Third presidential run (2011)

Following the 2007 elections, Abubakar returned to the People’s Democratic Party. In October 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the Presidency. On 22 November, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate, over former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser Aliyu Gusau and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State.

In January 2011, Abubakar contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary, garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan’s 2736

Third presidential run (2011)

Following the 2007 elections, Abubakar returned to the People’s Democratic Party. In October 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the Presidency. On 22 November, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate, over former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser Aliyu Gusau and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State.

In January 2011, Abubakar contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary, garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan’s 2736

 

CONTROVERSIES 

U.S. Immigration Ban Controversy

Abubakar has been unable to travel to the United States for a reason not known to the public. In January 2017, the U.S. government released a statement saying it would need the consent of the politician before it can disclose the true state of his immigration status to the United States. Abubakar has publicly claimed that the true reason is that his visa is still being processed something the spokesperson for Nigerian president called “curious”

A Chronology of Events (1999 – 2007)  Involving Adenuga, Fasawe, Atiku, Obasanjo and EFCC.

“June 25, 2002:   First placement of funds by PTDF with Equitorial Trust Bank (ETB),  in the sum of $50million Dollars from the account of PTDF with UBA New York, allegedly with knowledge of Vice-President Atiku.  ” I cannot recollect the circumstances surrounding the movement of
US$50 million from the UBA New York Account to ETB. More specifically, I cannot recollect giving approval for such movement”, says Atiku, in a letter to EFCC.”

 read here

 

In August, 2005 Abubakar surfaced in a report by the BBC World Service,[4] as the intended recipient of a bribe as part of a scheme involving United States Congressman Bill Jefferson to promote Nigeria’s adoption of internet technology from the American firm iGate, Inc. According to the FBI, Jefferson allegedly told an informant that he would need to give Abubakar $500,000 “as a motivating factor” for business contracts, but there is no evidence that Abubakar received[5] nor sought[citation needed] such a bribe, which makes some skeptics think that Atiku may be a target of a witch-hunt.[citation needed] Jefferson had allegedly collected $100,000 from a business partner to give to Atiku, but $90,000 of the marked money was later found in the Congressman’s house wrapped in foil and neatly tucked away in a freezer.[5] In August 2009, the court clarified that the former vice-president did not receive any bribe from Bill Jefferson. Atiku said he had consistently maintained that he had no improper relation with Bill Jefferson. Mr. Atiku also insisted that “it is now clear that the plot was hatched at the highest level of the Nigerian government then, in collusion with foreign agencies. The plot was not just to stop me from running for the Presidency; it was aimed at denying the Nigerian people the right to choose their own leader”.

 

And the list goes on and on and on. Oh my God! are we going to trust this man to let him seat on the number on sit in Nigeria by letting him become the president 2019?

Are we not doomed? Are we not unfortunate to be Nigerians? Who will deliver us from this torment of power circle?

References WikipediaNigerian Muse

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