I will easily defeat Buhari in 2019 — Atiku

Atiku Abubakar
former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said defeating President Muhammadu Buhari will be a cakewalk for him if the president runs against him in 2019.

Mr. Abubakar said Mr. Buhari has become politically weak after squandering the goodwill Nigerians accorded him during the 2015 elections.

“I will definitely beat him this time. He has wasted a lot of his massive goodwill,” Mr. Abubakar said.

The former vice-president was interviewed by Dele Momodu for his column which was published Saturday in The Boss Newspaper he publishes.

He said many associates of Mr. Buhari are furious, but they are silent about their disapproval of the president, and are waiting for the right time to strike back.

“A lot of people are disgruntled but keeping quiet and lying low,” Mr. Abubakar said. “Our youths are suffering terribly and now they are being sold into slavery.”

“Everyone knows my track record of inviting and attracting a good team and giving them the opportunity to work professionally. Nigerians are tired of leaders who cannot think big and work big,” he added.

Mr. Abubakar said he would be ready from day one should Nigerians elect him president in 2019.

Mr. Abubakar, vice-president from 1999-2007, dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress last week Friday, citing alleged failure by the Buhari administration to improve the quality of life in the country and neglect of the youth in federal cabinet appointment.

His political allies have indicated that Mr. Abubakar was on his way to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, which has opened its doors to him.

The national spokesperson for the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, countered Mr. Abubakar’s assertion, saying Mr. Buhari would handily beat the former president should he stand for re-election.

“I believe that the reasons Nigerians voted for President Buhari in 2015 are still pertinent. They voted President Buhari because they needed a leader who has integrity, strong on corruption and capable of defeating Boko Haram.

“If he stands for election in 2019, we believe Nigerians would still vote for him,” Mr. Abdullahi told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Saturday afternoon.

President Buhari has not yet declared his intention to seek re-election although his recent actions and comments have strongly suggested he will.


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  • Abubakar Bello

    Hmmm, time will tell

    • Nuorah

      We want Waziri to become @2019

  • John A

    An unknown school teacher from kaduna will easily defeat buhari.
    buhari is a bad market and lacks integrity or the will power to fight corruption, because he is the grand patron of corruption.
    I sincerely wish for a change of admin. that will equally expose buhari regime like that of Jonathan.

  • Yusufu Abdullahi

    Really? How did you fairs in 2015 APC primary? You couldn’t defeat Keankwaso not to talk of Bihari. Haba Mallam!

  • Suleiman Alatise

    I dey laff o.

    • Nuorah

      Don,t laff o

  • Moh’d Maiha

    We have not seen any sign yet… Waziri

  • Baba Jada

    Atiku is a true visionary who believes in One Nigeria, He has both the
    determination and experience to move Nigeria forward. Atiku is uniting and accommodating of all Nigerians. The
    country needs your leadership.
    #Nigeriaforall2019.

  • Ajibo

    Atiku is still dreaming someone should please wake him up

    • obiora

      Bola Tinubu we know is you. You and your APC are Criminals.

  • persona

    If politicians who are corrupt say Buhari has integrity, Atiku, you are regarded amongst politicians as the head of the beast we need to cut to move this country forward.

  • Nuorah

    I will vote for Atiku

  • curseless

    You wish, Atiku. If wishes were horses beggars will ride people say. Blustering can not get Atiku anywhere simply because he is trying to play ostrich here and he has forgotten that Nigerians are not as dumb as he thinks. He kept referring to the youth all the time and he needed to be reminded that as far as youth empowerment is concern in Nigeria he is nothing but ” Johnny just come”. Youths can not be hoodwinked. This man has no plan to place Nigeria in a better place and if he does he must tell Nigerians how he plans to do that in a simple language. It is always easy to lambast everyone else forgetting that he belongs to the same old cargo politician looking for any possible way to start looting again..Old boy, save yourself some energ and just go on Safari to cool off for you are blowing too much hot air .

  • Ralph

    Atiku, keep dreaming. Even your ward will reject you. You will only get a few votes from the perennial wrong decision makers in the east

  • Abu-Mu’awiya

    Atiku you are like a dead horse in Nigerian politics you can’t win an election even in your Jada local government and Buhari is your grandpa in Nigerias political space.

  • Abu-Mu’awiya

    A vote for Atiku is a vote for corruption Nigerians are wiser enough.

  • Kristo John

    Go ATIKU Go, You are relentless and tenacious.

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    What type of clown calls his newspaper ‘The Boss’

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    “Everyone knows my track record of inviting and attracting a good team and giving them the opportunity to work professionally. Nigerians are tired of leaders who cannot think big and work big,”
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    He is 100% right there am afraid. Call him whatever you want, he is good in identifying skill, ability and competence.

    • Sanssouci

      But unfortunately sentiments will play in as usual, I quote bolaji abdullahi “They voted President Buhari because they needed a leader who has integrity, strong on corruption and capable of defeating Boko Haram.” Can Bolaji Abdullahi genuinely look any one in the eye and say this? Just today another devastating suicide attack more than 20 dead in Biu, what integrity are they talking about when The head of the DSS says in public that no security agency wrote him to say Maina is wanted despite Maina being on EFCC’s publicly available website wanted list for over 2 years? Same DSS boss determines who gets arrested notwithstanding a valid search/arrest warrant from a judge, and there are absolutely no consequences, I ask again which integrity?

      • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

        Your postulations are 100% valid bro. These hypocrites are kneck deep inside the slimy pit.

    • chydysam

      …and that’s exactly what we need now. Name one minister in buhari’s cabinet that is a professional and exceptional in that field. Just one.

      • davids

        If you are exceptional yourself then the country is benefiting at some level of leadership because your a leader too

    • Okakuoofbenin

      You are the true son of your father. Unless somebody else better than Atiku comes up that i actaully cannot see now in the horizon. As for Buhari no matter how many Almajiris they try to rig with in2019, he is a gonner!!!!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    At least the suffering of Nigerians will be reduced.The present bunch of wicked Islamic fascists led by Buhari do not have human feelings.

    The economy will be better managed in a civilized manner and not the present ban this….ban that yet those close to Buhsri are very corrupt and stealing the country blind.

    • Ralph

      Better managed as in being sold to Atiku associates. Some people cannot see salvation when one comes their way.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        They said the same thing about Trump yet the US economy isdoing so well on his watch . Atiku knows how to run a business and the economy will be better managed.

        • Tunsj

          Get your facts straight my friend. The recovery and good economy started during the President Obama’s administration. Got it?

          • Okakuoofbenin

            Oga tell us for real what this your Buhari has been able to manage apart from his lust for power and government patronage. Seriously?

          • Tunsj

            Your PDP was in power for 16 years and they destroyed Nigeria.

        • Ralph

          He does. Just seems to run them into his pocket. As for Trump, don’t hold your hopes up. That little Russian thing is getting closer

      • Solomon Brown

        Still drinking that coolaid, hoping for salvation from an individual who has proven time and time again to be a sectional, bigoted leader.

        • Ralph

          Whatever that means. There is Federal Character Commission. Direct your enquires to them or go to the courts and try your luck if you think Buhari is sectional. Last I checked his Vice is a pastor and is Chief of Defence Staff is a pastor in the same church

    • Solomon Brown

      Hell yea. Buhari supporters can’t seem to see past their nose bridges, such short sighted morons.

    • marcos avelino

      You are a tribal and religious bigot. The most wicked fascists in power were all Christians who among themselves crushed and roasted 100 million Christians Mr Islamic hater . You know these your christian brothers well I do not have to mention them. In the middle ages you had Torquemada who burnt countless Jews and christian heretics on stakes like roasted lambs. Christianity of love my foot. Christians have murdered more people on earth than all other religions combined a hundred over – you dont know history man

    • Tunsj

      In your dreams! Can you please stop this nonsense?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Buhari is no good

        • Tunsj

          Tawanda, you know better. Stop kidding.

        • tundemash

          Mor0n, should you not be promoting IPOB instead of Atiku here ?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I LOVE BIAFRA MY FATHER LAND WITH ALL MY HEART !!

    • Abu-Mu’awiya

      Atiku for president 2019 Nigerian economy will be better managed or better looted?,Nigerians shine your eyes.

  • Izedomi Ohirein

    By 2019 Nigeria will no longer be importing petrol, rice and toothpicks and the Naira will become stronger.
    More schools children will be given free schools meals, more youths empowed etc. More of our loots recovered.
    Who will vote for Atiku.?.

    • Solomon Brown

      You are building castles in the air. Staaaaap it.

      • davids

        the wise see a good process guarantees a good end but the weak only thinks about products. To them there is no process no patience to wait for the seed to germinate and crop to ripe

        • Solomon Brown

          Ok Mr Superman, a tree that won’t bear fruits should be uprooted, that is the future of Buhari.

          • davids

            Fruit at its set maturity time not the one judged by immature farmers who will cut their palm trees for not bearing fruits within 2 years

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        You can’t stop Dangote Refinery in Lagos 7 modular Refineries ongoing In Edo. 4 Large fertilizer, 2 Okpilla and Azari Edo power plant projects are ongoing in Edo etc.
        Other nigerian states are developing.
        Even northern states are developing fast in agribusiness etc.

        • Solomon Brown

          Stop with the psychological masturbation. $3 billion dollars just washed down the drain by his futile search for oil in arewaland, that money could get the refineries working again, and maybe we would not be paying too much to send our crude to other countries to be refined, and they get to keep the by-products. Staaap it.

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Our money was similarly spent before Oil was discovered at Oloibiri..
            Our money was spent to discover oil in the Midwest.
            Our money was spent before Oil was discovered in Lagos.
            Oil don’t gulge out from the earth by themselves like you think.

          • Okakuoofbenin

            Now it’s obvious that you are a mad man with your fake moniker. I bet the day you find oil in your arid enclave will be the end of your fake one Nigeria propaganda anuofia!!!!!

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Who made you okakuro, you slave.
            We don’t need more Oil in Edo to be richer than River State within the next 4yrs.
            Oil don’t exploit itself. They were exploited with our commonwealth, like they are doing now in the Chad basin.
            God bless Nigeria.

    • chydysam

      Promises unlimited, unfulfilled. Nigerians are judging him based on almost 3 years he has squandered.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Buhari is the ground master, no shaking, sai Baba!!!

    • Solomon Brown

      Stop stroking his ego. He has not lived up to his campaign promises. It’s time to show him the door.

      • davids

        Is the campaign promise tenure 2 years?

        • Solomon Brown

          Why should I be the one to put a timeline on promises made? Stop carrying water for BMC.

          • davids

            The tenure is 4 years. I thought you know

          • Solomon Brown

            Two years into his first term with nothing to show for it.

          • davids

            89th minute is not time for a final result a 90 minute game. Preserve your patience and be an objective judge of the match at the end. If you are a christian obey God by praying for the leadership he puts, if you not then you owe this country by doing your excellent best where you are for are for you a leader too. Cheers

          • Solomon Brown

            Karyan ka. Not buying any of it.

          • Okakuoofbenin

            Two and Seven months bro. Let these BMC morons take it to the bank, unless somebody else better than Atiku with a restructuring agenda comes up, we are voting Atiku. Anything else but Buhari. Hypocrite, parochial, sectional, nepotistic and lacks basic primary six intelligence. How these guys can look at themselves in the mirror beats me.

  • Paul Graham

    Wishful thinking. Atiku should defeat LAMIDO and SHEKARAU in PDP before PMB.
    He should stop talking as if LAMIDO and SHEKARAU are no issues!

    • marcos avelino

      Its LAMIDO , SHEKARAU , MAKARFI and DAVID MARK

  • Solomon Brown

    BUHARI MUST GO, HE HAS EXHAUSTED HIS POLITICAL CAPITAL, BY CONTINUING TO BE SECTIONAL AND MYOPIC. NIGERIA IS BIGGER THAN ANY INDIVIDUAL, WE DESERVE A LEADER WHO IS FOR RESTRUCTURING, NOT A WEAK LEADER WHO SPENDS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, EXPLORING FOR OIL, WHILE THE ECONOMY FACED RECESSION.

    • Jon

      Spent over $3 billion US dollar searching for oil in arid North. And, he has been hitting dry holes.

      Also:

      Buhari is a radical Islamic fundamentalist. He once said that an
      attack on Boko Haram is an attack on Hausa / Fulani North. Just today,
      Buhari’s Boko Haram massacred innocent 17 Bornu citizens and leaving
      scores wounded. By that statement alone from Buhari, it means Boko Haram
      is fighting for Buhari.

      So,
      Nigeria now, needs a Nationalist like Atiku to bring all Nigerians
      together as one. Buhari has done a lot of damage to Nigeria. He is very
      divisive and his nepotism is another major concern. He does not believe
      in RESTRUCTURING. He and his Hausa / Fulani parasites are okay sharing
      Southern oil wealth without contributing nothing. Buhari is a disaster.

      • davids

        Say what he did not what people said he said

    • davids

      We will not join the people who abused Moses in the wilderness

      • Solomon Brown

        You haven’t made it out of Egypt yet, your journey to the promised land hasn’t even begun yet. What are you talking about?

        • davids

          We are still in Egypt in the mindset of those who wants cucumbers

    • Fredodo1

      Another Orubebe 🙂

      • Solomon Brown

        You are not funny!

    • FineBoy

      Libyan slave trader, come home

      • Solomon Brown

        You are Buhari’s battered slave.

        • FineBoy

          Better than trading my brothers in far away land.

          Ekwensu

          • Solomon Brown

            Your brothers are blowing everything up they can lay eyes on, and incase you are incapable of putting two and two together, they get their matching orders and arms from Libya. Akuya

          • FineBoy

            Come home.
            Child trafficker.

            You will soon meet your Waterloo

          • FineBoy

            So u sell people to buy arms?

  • Tunsj

    Yawn! “I can easily defeat Buhari in 2019”. Really?

    • chydysam

      Which Nigerian? Keep deceiving yourself. As far as majority of Nigerians are concerned Buhari will be confined to permanent political retirement come 2019.

      • duwdu

        Which fake, non-existent “majority of Nigerians?” Those represented by the few Chidi IPOB “yoots” in your remote village gang? LOL!

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      • FineBoy

        And u r hiding in Libya as a slave trader

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Atiku is 1million times better than wicked and bigoted tyrant Buhari.

      • Tunsj

        Please show me your proof.

      • FineBoy

        Go elect him

  • Omoba

    Hahaha!!!!Atiku my foot….leave them alone,they make hell of noise during 2015 election till they dragged GEJ into mud lol.

    • Jon

      Buhari is a radical Islamic fundamentalist. He once said that an
      attack on Boko Haram is an attack on Hausa / Fulani North. Just today,
      Buhari’s Boko Haram massacred innocent 17 Bornu citizens and leaving
      scores wounded. By that statement alone from Buhari, it means Boko Haram
      is fighting for Buhari.

      So, Nigeria now, needs a Nationalist like Atiku to bring all Nigerians together as one. Buhari has done a lot of damage to Nigeria. He is very divisive and his nepotism is another major concern. He does not believe in RESTRUCTURING. He and his Hausa / Fulani parasites are okay sharing Southern oil wealth without contributing nothing. Buhari is a disaster.

      • davids

        u know right within you that u are lying

        • Ajayi Ifayemi

          The lies that did not help them in 2015. It is crazy folks that keep doing the same thing over and over again, but expect a different result.

          • whereto

            Bro stop cracking me up. Real definition of insanity.

      • marcos avelino

        Religious bigotry will not work stop wasting peoples time move on Jon the neophyte 2nd generation christian we are in the 21 century not medieval Europe of the crusades moron

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    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      I guess someone is will soon be sold in Libya

    • grand maze

      Libya slave trader better repent God is watching you

    • pheliciti

      Oloshi

    • FineBoy

      Are you among the Libya slave trade ring?

  • Ahmed Tukur

    It’s gonna be a miracle of the 21st C

  • Jo Elue

    In your pito induced dream abi

  • Mufu Ola

    This statement is meant for desperate PDP so that they will hand over d nomination to him.

    • duwdu

      Good thinking and well said, Mufu Ọlá.

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  • Yego V

    Atiku, why the desperation

    • Tunsj

      I got a good answer for you. MORE MONEY AND CORRUPTION.

  • Isaac Azor

    It would have been better you remained in APC and defeat GMB at the primaries to prove yourself before facing the larger Nigeria’s voters .

  • David Puff

    Simple advice to ATIKU ;

    Do not be deceived by the ‘so called’ youths that comment or write on the internet ooo…
    70% of them don’t have voter’s card…
    20% that have cards don’t come out to vote on election day,
    they will rather be relaxing (sipping brandy/beer) or typing on phones saying ; I no fit go suffer myself under the sun to vote ooo….
    Your best bet (if u get a party to field U as candidate) is to endear yourself to the market women, the artisans, the illiterates, the semi-literates.
    These are people with winning votes and whose votes smart politicians count on….
    They always stand under rain / sun to cast their votes for their party/candidate….

  • thusspokez

    Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said defeating President Muhammadu Buhari will be a cakewalk for him if the president runs against him in 2019.

    Here is a reminder for Atiku:

    The 2014 APC Presidential Primary

    1.Buhari ————————- 3,430
    2. Rabiu Kwankwanso ——— 974
    3. Atiku Abubakar———- 954
    4. Owelle Rochas Okorocha— 624

    He come a very poor third.

    If Atiku joins the PDP, it will split the PDP and make the APC win the next election albeit I don’t think Buhari will stand.

    • slim

      My friend please remember that Buhari failed 3 times before he became northern nigeria president

      • duwdu

        Buhari wasn’t losing to anybody in his own party then, talk less of him coming a devastating 3rd behind someone like Kwankwaso while the trio were competing at the APC primary.

        Atiku is just deliberately joining his own name with that of Buhari, to be in the main discussion. Atiku knows he has no chance of clinching the presidential ticket of any major parties, as things currently stand.

        If Atiku does clinch a party’s ticket, then that party is sure to lose to the APC if the APC goes ahead to field Buhari. In fact, Atiku will lose to Buhari in the supposed North East geopolitical zone, where Atiku should have ordinarily been flexing his political muscle.

        This is simply because Buhari has endeared the vast majority of the people of the North East to himself, as the people — now, even more than ever before — see him as their saviour from the terrible clutches of the Book Haram insurgency.

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      • Okakuoofbenin

        Gbam

  • dokside

    Dear Atiku, just articulate your plans and forget about Buhari. An election is not a do or die affair. ensure that your plans and ideas are realistic and leave the rest to God. Buhari is already a bad product. Just focus on the following 5 point agenda: Power supply, Housing, Agriculture, transport and political restructuring.

    • Steve

      If only you knew what you were asking for. please google senator william jefferson and see the real reason why obasanjo swore that Atiku will never be president. senator william jefferson is still serving a 13 year jail term for a massive bribery scandal that involved Atiku while the Atiku is preparing to become president.

      • iwe paul

        You write as if OBJ himself is a saint. I cant imagine Atiku being judged with a template of OBJ. That’s preposterous to say the least.

        • Steve

          This isn’t obasanjo, atiku or buhari. All I’m saying is we deserve better leaders and not recycled ones that has made no difference.

          • Okakuoofbenin

            Ok now i agree with you. But the problem bros is we have to take a step at a time. First thing we need now in Nigeria is to restructure and that is the only reason Atiku will get our vote in the SS.

      • Lami T

        That Jefferson was cought on tape saying he was going to bribe Atiku, in fact, he was cought saying that the success of his business depended on him bribing the vice president who they say is really corrupt. We all know the one person that says that without any prove. Or that the FBI said the $90,000 found in the senator’s fridge was meant for Atiku? Did the FBI report that Atiku collected the money. Or did you report the report upside-down. The template we judge Atiku by if used on us I wonder how we will do.

        • Steve

          PDP share the money!!! I guess this chant sounds familiar…fyi it was on tape too. Nigeria deserves better leaders and not just recycled tainted hags which includes obasanjo and buhari.

      • Okakuoofbenin

        You are basing your argument on the swear of the Oga of corruption personified abi? Same man that superintendent the stealing of over 12 Billion Dollars in the guise of providing us with electricity and uptill date Nigeria is still in darkness. The Obasanjo that spent billions bribing lawmakers to actualize his third term plan? Please, please, please bros give us a break!!

    • FineBoy

      Be specific:

      What can and should Government do on power, bearing in mind these are private companies now and bail our GEJ gave them was diverted.

      Please be specific

  • olat

    Atiku name will not b on the ballot paper in 2019.

  • ijelejames

    Atiku will not run because he is a fugitive so he is not going to easily defeat anybody. Ole!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Well said Waziri politics is all about competition.

  • John Abayomi

    “I believe that the reasons Nigerians voted for President Buhari in 2015 are still pertinent. They voted President Buhari because they needed a leader who has integrity, strong on corruption and capable of defeating Boko Haram.” These set of incompetent guys don’t have retrospect when they speak, I thought they all said Boko Haram is technically or finally defeated? so book haram is still pertinent? by the way a man that have Malami, Kyari, Duara, Dambazau in his kitchen cabinet can’t be said to be strong on corruption. finally integrity can’t be claimed in isolation Sir, it is equally so me your friend, I advise APC to get capable hands to do their publicity for them and not to blindly shot others out of contesting primaries with Buhari. And if they think Nigerians will be sold on bogus claims i.e integrity and anti-corruption, they better think again, Nigerians now know better.

  • Bishop

    Atiku should focus on primary elections. Even Fayose will beat him. If I hear say Arsenal win EPL and UEFA CL in same season!!!

    • duwdu

      Hahaha, Bishop! LOL.

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    • Julius

      lolz.

    • Mufu Ola

      U mean Arsenal cannot win Premiership & Champions league? Keep your eyes open & ears to d ground.Arsenal will both in the two to 3 yrs.Wanna bet?

    • Soja

      No be person wey qualify for champions league dey win am? We are going on 10years of Europa qualification in a row, nobody can take that from us for the next 10years

  • Zirem

    Buhari has been given a chance and he wasn’t able to achieve anything except for having criminals and crooks play with the minds and resources of the people. I have to be incapable of making decisions as to how things affect me to vote Buhari again.

  • man

    we have better people than these criminals. where is donald duke?

  • Soja

    I agree with you Atiku, but you might need to go kill Obasanjo first o, as he said that can only happen over his dead body and from what I’ve gathered, many people including GEJ believe he is an “ebora”

  • Mr Integrity

    Though Nigerians are not happy with this administration but they prefer to elect Buhari in 2019 than to hand over the country to a person like Atiku. Recent Survey reveals…. We dont need Atiku we only need men of action, leaders with vision, non corrupt people like Kwankwaso.