2015: Atiku threatens to challenge planned award of PDP automatic ticket to Jonathan

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar might mount a legal challenge against his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should the party goes ahead to award automatic second term tickets to President Goodluck Jonathan and state governors.

In a statement by his media office Saturday, Atiku said he remained opposed to the PDP’s policy of “consensus arrangement” and “adoption” rather than transparent elections to produce candidates for all elective offices, including the presidency.

He was responding to the proposal by the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, that the party should give automatic tickets to President Jonathan and state governors in 2015.

The former vice president recalled that he was repeatedly in courts to challenge this undemocratic arrangement and that the courts ruled that the policy is alien to the PDP and Nigerian constitutions.

He said the principle for which he opposes this unjust policy, which he described as a “travesty of democracy” has not changed since then.

“My position remains that as far as PDP Constitution is concerned, any attempt to change the party’s rule to favour the President as a sole candidate in the event of his willingness to re-contest is unconstitutional. The contest should be open to all desiring to pursue an ambition on the platform of the PDP,” Atiku said.

While acknowledging that President Jonathan is entitled to seek the party ticket in 2015, the former vice president, however, insisted that Mr. Jonathan should submit himself to a transparent and fair process just like any other party member.

By foreclosing free and fair process of selecting its presidential candidate, Atiku said the PDP might be sending the wrong message to Nigerians about its commitment to conduct free and fair elections for the entire country.


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  • Mani_Kay

    This impostor Atiku never ceases to amaze me. He submitted himself to a consensus process whereby his cronies Ango Abdullahi, Lawal Kaita and others selected him as the consensus candidate of the North even over a more formidable former Head of State IBB. He Atiku never saw anything wrong with the use of consensus for the selection of electable candidates nor did he suggest an electoral contest with IBB and others. It is also instructive to recall when Bola Tinubu personally handpicked and imposed Atiku as ACN Presidential candidate yet Atiku never objected to the “automatic ticket” unconstitutionally extended to him by Bola Tinubu. He gladly contested the election carrying broom to all parts of the country. The gods were angry and the brooms swept him away into the political refuse-bin/waste-bin of history forever. A fraud like Atiku must be ignored…….rubbish in human skin.

    • Omo Akin

      “The North” you referred to was not a political party. Also all the potential candidates agreed to a consensus arrangement. “The North” had no constitution which prescribed how a candidate can emerge; “the North” cannot sponsor a candidate for election as it is not a political party. That was the reason the person “the North” selected had to contest the primary of the PDP with Jonathan who won that contest and was PDP flag bearer. Whatever happened with “the North” cannot be used to justify the action of Anenih in imposing all incumbents on the party. What PDP sought to do is not a consensus (because not everyone agree with it, Atiku is an example), it is imposition.
      As for ACD in 2007, that party actually had no candidate and offered its slot to Atiku. Again that situation is different from what PDP big wig is trying to do. The constitution of PDP provides for primaries to select candidates for election, so let PDP follow its constitution. If PDP can casually disregard its constitution, it will also do the same to the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria.

      • Mani_Kay

        @Omo Akin: Who told you that ACD did not have a candidate? Let me remind you-that North consensus candidate destroyed Atiku politically and forever. It labeled him clearly as a narrow minded ethno-religious champion. He will never recover from it politically. Why did Atiku not reject the consensus arrangement and insist that all candidates test their popularity and acceptability at the PDP primaries convention? Atiku did all he could to incite and start a tribal war but failed woefully. Please be informed that what Anenih is proposing makes more sense than what Atiku is hypocritically proposing. Atiku loves violence and chaos. He does not mean well for Nigeria. Recently Atiku has adopted the strategy of sending his boy Prof Ango Abdulahi to say all kinds of things that incite the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani against the government of Goodluck Jonthan while he Atiku pretends to be making statemanly statements. We are not deceived and no one is deceived. We know that Prof Ango Abdulahi speaks for Atiku and we can all see through Atiku’s hypocrisy: all aimed at engineering violent overthrow of the President Goodluck Jonathan. Please tell me who contested the primaries with Alhaji Shehu Shagari in 1983?

      • deri

        In the USA where we borrowed our Alawada constitution from, once an individual emerges as a presidential candidate for either the democrats or the republican party-nothing like consensus from North America is allowed to rear its ugly head–Again Ciroma was aware of the consti tution of the PDP b4 he introduced his consensus nonsense to Atiku-Besides, atiku also killed his political future by encouraging the Fulani North to pick him as a consensus candidate for the entire North-He was thus transformed into a tribal instead of a national leader-for the fulani north-Ciroma went as far as ordering northerners form the fulani emirate who were members of the PDP, not to vote for Jonathan during the party primary-Aneni only urged the party to adopt Jonathan for 2015-he did not impose him on anybody as the sole candidate-atiku wants to be given a role-in the affairs of the party-that is all he yearns for-once bitten twice shy-maybe


      thank u and thank u again–atiku was the first fulani harlot to introduce consensus politics in Nigeria via the north-Ciroma it was who asked every fulani man or woman to vote for atiku-during the party primaries-those who failed to do so were hunted down by boko haram-now yearns to play APC politics with us

  • igbiki

    A Capital NO to Consensus candidate. FULL STOP.

  • deri

    A former Secretary-General of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okurounmu, has accused a former governor of Lagos State and leader of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, of polarising the group for political reasons.

    Besides, he said the Yoruba Unity Forum was created to serve as another unifying body for the Yoruba in the comity of regions in the country.

    Okurounmu, who spoke in an interview with our correspondent on Friday, noted that Afenifere was in “several factions and groups.”

    Okurounmu said, “The old Afenifere you used to know; the Afenifere that fought (late military dictator) Gen. Sani Abacha under the leadership of the late Pa Abraham Adesanya, was split by Bola Tinubu and co; that Afenifere was broken up by Tinubu and his group.

    “Tinubu and a group of former governors of the Alliance of Democracy broke away from Afenifere that had Chiefs Ayo Adebanjo, Olanihun Ajayi and others. That was the beginning of the split of Afenifere.

    “And then, they organised a group of young men called the Afenifere Renewal Group to counter the old Afenifere. It was a rebel group that was sponsored and funded by the Tinubu people. Now, they too have fallen apart. The Afenifere that we used to know is in pieces now.”

    Although he said the YUF was not to replace Afenifere, the new body, according to him, represents the general interest of people in the South-West.

    “YUF is now the voice of the Yoruba and we meet in Ikenne (Ogun State) under the leadership of Chief HID Awolowo and retired Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi. YUF is now the authentic voice of the Yoruba,” he stated.

    He noted that YUF encompassed all Yoruba pressure groups and bodies, including the Afenifere factions.

    He explained that after five years of efforts to reconcile the Afenifere factions, the YUF was formed to serve as the umbrella forum for the Yoruba. He added that the forum was not political, “unlike Afenifere, which is political.”

    Third Republic Minister of Transport and member, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, had in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, also described the Yoruba Unity Forum as the unifying body speaking for the Yoruba.

    He said “If you ask me about the Afenifere led by Chief Awolowo, of course, I can assure you that we still meet. And when we meet under the aegis of Yoruba Unity Forum, we discuss issues that affect the affairs of the Yoruba people and Nigeria. I only said Afenifere is slightly political.

  • Ajayi Danjuma J

    Is Atiku still ǟ member of PDP? ¶ thought as member ȃŋƌ̲̣̣̣̥ co-founders of nPDP, they have merged with APC? Clarification pls!