Atiku focuses on job creation, youth development in PDP speech

Atiku Abubakar
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

The urgent need to empower the Nigerian youth through massive creation of employment opportunities was the focus a speech delivered by Atiku Abubakar when the former vice president formally returned to the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday.

“I have found in my travels across the country that whenever I get into conversationswith young people their number one concern is whether they will be able to get a job for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or begin a family,” Mr. Atiku stated in his official move to the PDP which was streamed live on Facebook.

Mr. Abubakar touted his credentials as a business owner with a long history of creating jobs not just in his home state of Adamawa but elsewhere across the country.

“Creating jobs is something I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirect jobs in my own state of Adamawa,” he said.

The speech, which was announced to a live audience on Facebook shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday came a little over a week after Mr. Abubakar dissociated himself from Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Abubakar accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning most of the promises of the APC during the 2015 election, including assurances that three million jobs would be created per year.

Instead, the Nigerian economy has been haemorrhaging jobs and the youth are particularly hard hit.

Nigerian youth unemployment rate reached an all time high at 25.20 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, and it has not significantly eased since then.

“Without the security of a job we cannot have security in our country,” Mr. Abubakar said. “So without jobs there is no future for you or for Nigeria.”

Mr. Abubakar is expected to be a major challenger to President Buhari in 2019.

“A typical, cynical Nigerian would mock him, but the facts are there to play in his favour,” said Gbola Oba, a journalist and CEO of Automedics Limited. “When we look at his private sector exploits relative to the incumbent, he has a clear record to show.”

Mr. Abubakar established the American University of Nigeria and is a co-founder of Intels Nigeria, the multi-billion naira oil servicing firm now in trouble with the Nigerian government.

Mr. Oba said Mr. Abubakar has managed to keep himself in the headlines, a tactical approach he said would be fundamental to his fortunes at the ballot box.

“Within the last one week, he’d managed to accuse the president of running a gerontocracy, make reference to how he was (allegedly) banned from entering the United States for some years and taking the leadership role in interacting with citizens,” Mr. Oba added.

“We all saw how he took the lead in congratulating WizKid and Davido for their success at the MOBO Awards before President Buhari followed him with his own messages,” he said.

Yet, Mr. Oba said Mr. Abubakar should be ready to expend a lot of political energy on his public image as a man allegedly rooted in corrupt practices.

“He has the stigma of corruption to contend with,” Mr. Oba said. He’s largely seen as a kleptomaniac and now he’s running under the PDP which is widely seen as a party of plutocrats.”

Mr. Abubakar has been dogged with allegations of corruption since he left office as Nigeria’s vice president in 2007.

He was accused of participating in the iGate bribery scandal which saw a former U.S. lawmaker jailed for offering cash rewards to Nigerian officials in exchange for approving a contract.

Williams Jefferson, said to be a political associate of Mr. Abubakar, was sentenced to prison in 2009 after the FBI successfully prosecuted him for corruption.

Mr. Jefferson alleged that Mr. Abubakar was slated to receive up to $500,000 as bribe for the contract, which Olusegun Obasanjo administration awarded to iGate to expand broadband Internet in Nigeria.

Mr. Abubakar has maintained his innocence and challenges anyone to bring evidence forward.

Mr. Abubakar’s critics have theorised that the former vice-president’s failure to visit the United States for many years could be linked to the scandal.

He has, however, denied the allegations, telling a magazine in a recent interview that he actually applied for U.S. visa but was declined on the basis of administrative review.

“Since he has openly stated that he applied for visa but was not given, the claim that he’s wanted in America is unlikely to take hold,” said Liborous Oshoma, a legal practitioner.

“Nigerians would be more interested in who is stronger on the economy and I strongly doubt that a man like President Buhari who could not increase the number of his cows from 150 after many years would be able to articulate any economic solutions that Nigerians would buy into,” Mr. Oshoma added.

Mr. Oshoma said President Buhari should focus on improving the economic hardship across the country rather than energising Mr. Abubakar by attacking his business interests or comments.

“The former vice-president’s business interests have been targeted over alleged corruption, but the president himself has not been able to rein in his inner circle where corruption has taken a room and parlour,” he added. “The president should focus on improving the economy, lest he plays into the hands of Mr. Abubakar, whom Nigerians are now seeing as their saviour at an ever-increasing rate.

Mr. Abubakar has said he would be spending the coming months criss-crossing the country as part of his political consultations.

Today’s return makes it the third time Mr. Atiku would sign up with the PDP, a party he helped form in 1998.

He left the party in 2007 while still a sitting vice president to run for president under the defunct Action Congress. He rejoined the PDP in 2011 to seek the party’s presidential ticket at the primary, but lost to Goodluck Jonathan.

He abandoned the party yet again in 2014 to align with the then newly-formed APC. He contested the party’s presidential ticket but lost to Mr. Buhari.

He is expected to participate at the PDP annual convention scheduled for December 9 in Abuja.


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  • Ken

    All hail the in-coming President of Nigeria. May God bless your ambition.

    • Ubong

      He could be President if the North (please i repeat) if the North want him and not President Buhari. The south are acedemic professors noise makers fighting among themselves.

    • niran ade

      2045

  • Sarah

    Atiku is Nigeria’s best hope so far for 2019. He has a nationalist disposition and a talent for selecting outstanding professionals into his causes.
    He is also most likely to be able to kick out Buhari in 2019. It is a pity he could not create an entirely new platform to realise his ambition rather than use PDP.
    Buhari is not medically fit for office of Nigerian President but his party appears too divided to muster a replacement via party primaries.
    Atiku needs to find a way to pacify OBJ, perhaps using intermediaries like Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Atiku should NOT repeat the strategic mistake of assuming he could become President with OBJ as an active adversary.

    • Jon

      Atiku is 100 percent better than the radical Islamic fundamentalist that you guys have now in your Aso Rock. You guys chose wrongly two years ago. So, in 2019, choose wisely. Atiku is a democrat that believes in restructuring. Your guy in Aso rock does not believe in restructuring. He has spent well over $3 billion US dollar (your money) searching for oil in the arid North and he has been hitting dry holes.

      To him and his Hausa /Fulani, there will be no restructuring until oil is found in the North. In essence, the parasites will not give up using southern resources until oil is found in the North. The governor of Bornu State, Shettima, recently said: “To hell with restructuring – restructuring my foot”. Parasites do not produce. Parasites only consume. Productivity is not in their vocabulary. They believe in welfare state. Handout.

      All over the world, as you move from the wet coastal regions to arid desert regions, population decreases. But, in Nigeria, Buhari and his Hausa /Fulani parasites have rewritten the climatic conditions that prevail all over the world so as to corner the wealth of Southern Nigeria to their advantage. And, which, they did indeed.

      These trends must be reversed. Yes, you can. Yes, you can.

      • Eluba Inas

        Slave mentality. You have heaping insults to Buhari/Hausa-Fulani and praising Atiku (Fulani).

      • Guest

        Dude you are a good hired writer, but been a hack is not a good character. Use your talent to unite Nigeria.

  • Oil POLLUTION in Niger DELTA

    Oil spills and pollution is killing the Niger Delta people. It is a pure case of environmental terrorism carried out by the Nigerian state with her European and American collaborators.

    Despite the billions of Dollars sold from oil the Niger Delta remains without federal presence. Not a single airport in the whole of Niger Delta has been built by Nigerian government at the center. Maritime University has been technically and deliberately forgotten. This systemic policy to make Niger Delta perpetually underdeveloped why monies from the region is used to provide infrastructure elsewhere in Abuja, Lagos etc must be resisted. Its got to stop.

    Secession from Nigeria is the only sure way to achieving absolute RESOURCE control or we stop the flow of oil money. Nigeria is irredeemable.

    We demand our sovereign state of Niger DELTA

    • Okakuoofbenin

      Secession is not the answer now bros. We will vote Atiku because he is honest with his restructuring campaign. Unlike the lame duck Buhari whose only agenda is the empowerment of the North and prospecting for oil in his arid backyard.

  • Frank

    What jobs will Atiku create? N15,000 monthly Teaching jobs that useless Buhari created? Jobs that their own children will never take up? These undesirable elements get their children fixed up in the Nation’s central Banks and top government jobs but create teaching jobs for those who voted. We need a break up of Nigeria. Seccession like yesterday.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    March on Atiku…….kick out the wicked band of killers and looters destroying Nigeria from Aso rock.

    • princegab

      Atiku all the way bro

      • Okakuoofbenin

        Don’t mind this useless Sodomite!!!!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Okabufoon, did you wet your mat again?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Alhaj Atiku Abubakar, requires to cleanse his name and image of endemic corruption-stain especially, the bribery-scheme that involved former USA-congressional-representative,William Jeffeson, who had a deal with then Nigerian-vice-president Atiku Abubakar, to pick-up some bribes-monies from the congress-man,William Jefferson, and FBI, got wind of the bribery scheme with the Nigerian-vice-president Atiku abubakar, and swooped on congress-man William Jefferson,s residence and detected the hidden bribes meant for collection by Nigerian vice-president Atiku Abubakar, in the congress-man,s residence,s refrigerator.
    Congress-man William Jefferson, was arrested and prosecuted by the FBI and sentenced into prison for years for having conspired in the bribes meant for Atiku Abubakar, by an American-oil company, in its bid to receive a preferential consideration in an oil/ags contract with Nigerian-government.This is why Alhaj Atiku Abubakar, can not travel to the USA, as a personal-non-grata.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Atiku has the democratic right to defect to any political party and him moving to the PDP will serve as a good development for the country. As now there will be political balanced of power in the country.

  • dami

    Premium Times obviously on Atiku’s payroll…yawn…Nigerians will always sell their soul for a few dollars.

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      Your falsehood is very nauseating. After attaining the height they have in investigative journalism do you sincerely think they will sell their reputation by allowing themselves to be compromised.

      If you lack what to contribute, just keep schtum, bandying around lies and falsehood is deplorable. Are you a deplorable?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        “Everyone has a price, the important thing is to find out what it is” – Pablos Escobar

        • Okakuoofbenin

          Your own price is a pot of soup, Ode!!!

        • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

          They would then have been bought in 2014 2015 when Gej unleashed the doors of the vaults in hard currency

    • Dawood

      Speaking of jobs, Atiku created jobs alright. A LOT OF JOBS, in fact. You know where? In American and British banks, where all the monies he stole are keeping a lot of Americans and British citizens employed. Don’t expect Obasanjo to say anything. Atiku’s homie in stealing, Jonathan, visited him and begged him to be quiet. Atiku is the flag bearer for the party of thieves- the PDP.

    • princegab

      That is a balanced article bro, let’s be realistic about it.

  • Gbola

    ATIKE THE DISHONEST, DECEITFUL, CORRUPT & DESPERATE “GREEN SNAKE”.
    ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■

    Atike only just joined the PDP and he’s going on like he’s already won the primaries.
    Obviously there isn’t any internal politics going on in PDP.

    Atike claimed that the reason he left PDP fof APC is because of party ideology and that that’s all been resolved now.
    This shows the height of deceit on Atike’s side.
    Atike is a pathological unrepentant Liar making this excuse as the reason he’s returning to PDP.

    What’s been resolved in PDP ???

    The party haven’t even held it’s Convention or Primaries and Atike os here telling is that the ideological differences of the party has been resolved.

    What party ideology did or does PDP have ??
    16 years is enough time for Nigerians to be able to identify the ideology of a political party.
    What ideology does PDP represent ??

    APC is only 2 years old and as such one can state that they’re still in the beginning when talking about identifying them (The APC party) with any ideology BUT NOT PDP.

    Atike left PDP and went to forn a parallel “New PDP Party”.
    Rather than build uo it’s brand, he abandoned it and moved to becoming a member of APC.
    Realizing that he might not win the primaries and achieve his long sought desperate dreams under APC, he simply dashed to a party where he could hold the reins.

    Atike is too desperate.

    He claims his passion in contesting for this public service is to serve The People (Nigeria).
    But what he deceitfully eluded to is that he doesn’t need to be the president of Nigeria to serve “The People”.
    Bill gates is serving Nigeria (The People) via his charity foundation and he’s not seeking to be president.
    Atike is very dishonest in his bid.
    And he would be dishonest in everything he touches.
    It’s just his DNA.
    Thats his brand.
    And that’s all he stands for.

    • princegab

      You are wrong on Atiku, in 2011, voters voted for gej not pdp. In 2015, it was more about gmb than apc. 2019 would likely take similar pattern. Bunch of leaves on shit to pick the fruit. With Atiku, we are likely to get it right this time.

      • Gbola

        Really ???

        Based on what precedence or benchmark ??

        Policies are different from Politics my friend.

        Other than Atike boasting about what he would do (Politics), what do you know about his policies ???

        He belongs to the same old recycled basket of deplorable polithieves that plunged Nigeria to its current depth.

        Atike has always manufactured a deceitful way of distancing himself from all the ills in government even when he was the number 2 man and running “things”.

        NOT Once has he accepted fault in any way, shape or form for his participation either (directly, indirectly) OR (intentionally versus Unwillingly) in the destruction that’s plagued the country.

        In fact, lets go as far back to his days at the Ports Authority. What or how did he impact Nigeria positively through his service there ??

        Of course Atike wouldn’t talk about his employment there at tge Ports which is where he ammased his wealth through corrupt practices.
        Rather
        He would deceitfully fast-forward to his school and other businesses where he’s employed people.

        Anyone would create employment if they also succeed in embezzling public funds.
        Thats a No-Brainer !!

        Saraki also employs people just like OBJ does through his Ota farm and his presidential Library that serves Nigeria no purpose.

      • Gbola

        “…..You are wrong on Atiku, in 2011, voters voted for gej not pdp. In 2015, it was more about gmb than apc. 2019 would likely take similar pattern. …..”.

        ■■■■■■

        Atike is only one man.
        And he would maintain one position ONLY at the top.

        The direction the country goes would be dictated by the Political party.

        NASS would be populated by members who would pledge their allegiance to the political party in power.

        Even with something as little as budgets, members would vote according to party politics.

        Ao don’t minimize the political party my friend.

        It’s the political party that impacts governance and they can differ anytime with the President even by members of his own party.

        So that ideology (political party identity) does and should matter alot to you.

        It’s myooic to simply isolate the presidency from the political party.

        In fact forget about the presidency for a second, don’t you know that 85% of other public office positions (from Reps, Senators, Governors etc) are voted according to party lines. And it is these other public office positions that are closer to the grass root than the president who merely sits, sleeps and snores in Aso Rock.

        • princegab

          You’ve taken a different dimension sir, in that respect, let me remind you that Atiku is the father of most of the present day governors , their predecessors and many grassroot politicians. We hope someone better than Atiku come along but not pmb.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Well put, Gbola.

      Atiku can only play on the Intelligence of the unwary, disenchanted or under-schooled ones.

      You touched on a very crucial point in dissecting his political harlotry. When he formed the nPDP, he must have felt that he could create a third force in Nigeria’s politics, but that failed. That failure followed him into the APC, where, despite his dollar rain at TBS, he was trounced into 3rd position behind Kwakwanso.

      The same failure that initially chased him from the PDP has chased and shamed him back to his old vomit. I don’t see that failure abandoning him now or in the very near future.

      • Gbola

        Precisely omo-iya.

  • Screw-em

    Atiku’s defection will have no effect on the political thrust of this nation. He is a known political whore that throws stolen easy cash around with the hopes of luring those that are blind to his deceptive exploits. We know better. He will lose woefully come 2019 if he is fielded by the effectous corrupt buffoons in the PDP. No one is losing any sleep….Yawning for Ajegunle….lol

  • Kenny

    At least Atiku has got the brain to create jobs! Buhari killed 106000 jobs in the banking and financial services sector alone via harshly implemented TSA policy. Curr up ti on has taken centre stage in Buhari’s government. Take a critical look at Mainagate. Attorney General met with the fugitive in Dubai in concert with DG DSS; money exchanged hands; he rushed back to Nigeria and raised two memos in quick succession. Yet the President is mute!! Sincerely I think Atiku is a lesser evil even though having to choose between both men is synonymous to being sandwiched between the devil and the deep blue sea!!!

    • Gbola

      Please tell us how the TSA affected anything.

      Feel free to go and research this.

      Come back after your research and share with us how implementation of the TSA was bad for the economy.

      • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

        The hasty implementation of TSA created an after shock that drove Nigeria into recession. The original progenitors of the TSA policy had a reason for not implementing it whole scale. When you force billion dollar revenue earning agencies like Customs, NPA etc to channel their income through one account it will in one fell swoop, recession and loss of jobs, investments and GDP drop is what happens.

        • Gbola

          “……..When you force billion dollar revenue earning agencies like Customs, NPA etc to channel their income through one account it will in one fell swoop, recession and loss of jobs, investments and GDP drop is what happens……..”.

          .
          ******

          Please tell us in clear terms how TSA resulted in loss of Jobs and investors ??

          Or tell us how TSA Implementation stopped any investor from investing in any sector of the economy.

          • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

            Why are you sounding offended, is my comment to you offensive in any way ? We all are here because we love Nigeria and wish her well. I thought I could engage you constructively, but from your tone, I think we call it quits here. Have a nice day.

          • Gbola

            Lollll

            Exactly what I expected from you.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            He can’t successfully raise the argument on that score.

            Not unless he wants to simply deny the investor confidence that has seen increased inflow of direct foreign investments greater than that moving towards both South Africa and Kenya.

          • adewale adeniran

            Kay, how are you doing, I joined this discuss because of your intelligent contribution, great job!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Many thanks for the comment, Sir.

            I am good, Mr. Adeniran.

            Stay blessed

          • adewale adeniran

            No, thank you sir, I celebrate the gift of God in you, remained blessed!

  • Africa

    Breaking News: Atiku acquires Premuim Times. He is recruiting a million internet warriors/Trolls..

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      what is wrong with that?. In a civilized society, Buhari should be in jail for perjury instead of aso rock.

  • babajide Balogun

    Atiku is promising job creation. If he comes forth with a plan of action that is convincing, he’s got my vote.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      His rapacious tendencies have ensured that most Nigerian youths today don’t have a job.

      Those who are employed in his business concerns are only getting back a token of what rightly belonged to them, whilst Atiku creams the rest.

      If he has the Midas touch as he claimed, and has provided Adamawa people with 250,000 jobs, need we not ask how come Boko Haram still has a stronghold in his state?

      Or is it possible that the recent resurgence of Boko Haram may be because it has received fresh funding from someone who may wish to tarnish Buhari’s record on security?

      Think again, Bruv.

      Atiku is an ill wind that blows nobody, but Atiku, any good.

    • tundemash

      He was V.P. for 8 years, what were his achievements ?

      • babajide Balogun

        Killed the spread of sharia in the north in 2002. Supervised the economic policies of govt that recapitalize banks, national Pension reform, national health insurance, privatization

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Mr. Oba, please speak for yourself.

    Not all Nigerians see Atiku as a saviour in any light. On the contrary, many of us sees him as the nemesis.

    We don’t want a rapacious looter with the keys to Aso Rock.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Atiku has been left behind, far far behind, the only thing proding him on is the money he has, he would trow lots of money around no doubt, deluded he can buy everything and everyone with money, he would find out at the end, that money is not the only thing that matter.

  • umar ardo

    If Atiku wants to return to PDP and wants Nigerians to elect him it must be on the basis of truth. He cannot be lying and expect us to trust him. How could he say he has 50,000 direct employees and 250,000 indirect ones in Adamawa state? That means he has more employees than the state government. This is a blatant lie because he does not have up to 5,000 direct employees in that state. Pls let’s be truthful in our dealings in politics.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Should we expect any different from him?

      • Kay Mumuyemi (Esq)

        “Royal Dutch Shell and the Italian multinational oil giant ENI have admitted to more than 550 oil spills in the Niger Delta last year, according to an Amnesty International analysis of the companies’ latest figures. By contrast, on average, there were only 10 spills a year across the whole of Europe between 1971 and 2011…..

        Shell reported 204 Niger Delta spills in 2014 while ENI, which operates in a smaller area, reported a staggering 349 spills.

        “These figures are seriously alarming. ENI has clearly lost control over its operations in the Niger Delta. And despite all its promises, Shell has made no progress on tackling oil spills,” said Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Global Issues Director…In any other country, this would be a national emergency. In Nigeria it appears to be standard operating procedure for the oil industry. The human cost is horrific – people living with pollution every day of their lives.”

        —- www*DOT*amnesty*DOT*org

    • m

      Umar, you are very ungrateful human beings. I respect Atiku for investing in Adamawa state more ant citizen of Adamawa. He is not the ONLY rich man in Adamawa state: For him to come to Yola and put down his resources, I mean we should thank God for his good works. Atiku’s direct employees may be more than the 50,000 in Adamawa state.

  • Okakuoofbenin

    Shut your trap Kay Sodomite!!!

  • Gbola

    Gibberish analysis ??
    Eulogising Ariku ??
    Me ???

    @Kay, you’re very wrong in supposing that I’m a paid agent for PT or anyone for that matter.

    You disappoint me.
    We were both all over social media during the past election and that’s the reason why it’s surprising that you would associate me with being a paid agent.

    Anyway, I hold you in high respect and would continue doing so even as you’ve erred here.

  • Ola

    Atiku cannot create jobs for youths until he can tell us how he plans to increase productivity at all levels of economic activity in Nigeria.

    How does he plan to get our youths to go into agriculture business because that is where the jobs are, not in building logistics companies that only depend on government patronage

    • m

      Believe me, Atiku and Tinubu are the BEST politicians that can fix Nigeria economically, unfortunately they cannot work together. Over 40,000 youths are gainfully employed in Atiku’s company in Adamawa state and all the companies are doing extremely well. The truth is that the man is blessed and there is nothing anybody can do about that. He that is blessed is bless indeed.

      • Adekoya Adeite Sunday

        If Atiku’s investment in Adamawa really counts, why has he continue to loose elections in his ward or local government. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

        • Olatubosun

          No way for Atiku

  • OIL Spills KILLing N-DELTANS

    Oil spills and pollution is killing the Niger Delta people. It is a pure case of environmental terrorism carried out by the Nigerian state with her European and American collaborators.

    Despite the billions of Dollars sold from oil the Niger Delta remains without federal presence. Not a single airport in the whole of Niger Delta has been built by Nigerian government at the center. Maritime University has been technically and deliberately forgotten. This systemic policy to make Niger Delta perpetually underdeveloped why monies from the region is used to provide infrastructure elsewhere in Abuja, Lagos etc must be resisted. Its got to stop.

    Secession from Nigeria is the only sure way to achieving absolute RESOURCE control or we stop the flow of oil money. Nigeria is irredeemable.

    We demand our sovereign state of Niger DELTA

  • Bassey O. Akanimo

    Is Atiku going to complete the last 4 terms of the North or going to begin an attempted 8 yrs? I hope everyone has prepared for war? Restructure Nigeria now because somebody from Akwa Ibom must be able to become president someday. We can’t be averaging about 27% + contribution to Nigeria’s wealth while parasites preside over the so called country. Impossible. Unsustainable. Remember, there are forests in the South East too…thicker than the grass lands of the north East where they told us Nigerian Army can’t see in the day because its too dark for sunlight to penetrate, whereas all photographs and satellite pictures show otherwise. Nigeria must be negotiated and a referendum conducted asap within the next 12 months. Enough is enough.

    • tundemash

      stop blabbing. Atiku’s supporters are the same IPOB supporters who lost out when the terrorist Kanu went underground.

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    lol Jona was literally pushing around dollars and not naira. Hope you good bro

  • Cincinnatus

    The great deceiver. He joined APC thinking they will allow his sticky fingers in the pot. When they refused him, he went back to the criminal party he originally came from. Don’t waste your time this man. Nobody believes you, especially the youth. Can you even spell youth?

  • Tha HU

    I agree with some of Mr. Oshoma’s points, but he fails to point out that the corruption is stigma is what is probably going to be Atiku’s undoing. Leaving APC to campaign under PDP is largely seen as a desperate attempt to wrest power come hell or high water. It shows that he’s not man of his words, since he openly criticized PDP before leaving it. Secondly, using youth as a talking point is a signature move of PDP, they fuel youth to take up physical militancy and anyone with two heads knwo he’s headed towards that angle.
    While social media is an effective tool, his rants and tweets will spur reactions, retweets and replies, but none of it will transcend into vote preponderance, especially since the replies he’s getting are not exactly positive.
    Down to the issue of demographics, while it is largely seen that the south east may incline to vote Atiku, given their discountenance with the current administration and what not, its worthy of note that Buhari’s administration is slowly warming up to that region so I don’t think he’d expect a landslide victory there.
    South west, well Obasanjo is still alive, so it’s safe to say that he shouldn’t expect much from there.
    As for thr North, however dysfunctional Buhari’s administration is, the north will always side with him. Atiku has the stigma of making insensitive remarks about Islam during the Obasanjo administration and je hasn’t cleared that up. Another negative is the he is largely seen as an elitist who serves the interest of people in his circle and he hasn’t dispelled that notion.
    Finally, the stigma of corruption is something the north never forgives. So unless he can clear that up, which by the way, he can’t, he’s ambition is dead on arrival.
    I will close with this though, politics is dynamic and runs on money which Atiku possess. With the right steps, the tables could turn.

  • thusspokez

    “I have found in my travels across the country that whenever I get into conversationswith young people their number one concern is whether they will be able to get a job for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or begin a family,” Mr. Atiku stated in his official move to the PDP which was streamed live on Facebook.

    This opening shot would indicate that the first-class political prostitute is banking on the youth votes to get him into power.

    Ok but what has this man — who is now claiming to be their best friend, — done for Nigerian youths? For example, how many youth development programmes is he currently involved with or supporting? His answer would provide the litmus test of the sincerity of his promises.

  • thusspokez

    “Since he has openly stated that he applied for visa but was not given, the claim that he’s wanted in America is unlikely to take hold,” said Liborous Oshoma, a legal practitioner.

    Nonsense, Atiku’s his application was rejected by the US State department. They saved him the embarrassed of arriving in the US airport and being handcuffed and handed over to the FBI.

    The FBI comes under the Justice department; whereas visa is issued by the State department but both compile extensive list of information on “desirables” which they share with each other.

    The State department would search this list for undesirable foreign nationals before issuing them visa. And even then, on arrival in the USA, the Homeland department or Immigration and Custom would conduct their own checks — independent of the State department. Liborous Oshoma’s argument is based on ignorance.

  • Gbola

    Oosheee omo-iya.
    Waaa gbayiii.

  • Olatubosun

    Atiku that created problem to our country

  • Olatubosun

    Atiku doesn’t have plan for Nigeria