Atiku trolls APC on Twitter

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Atiku Abubakar delivered a subliminal swipe at the All Progressives Congress Saturday, barely a day after dumping the ruling party.

The former vice president joked about his former party’s 2015 campaign tactics after a user wrongly captioned a picture of him taken some years back.

The user, U.S.-based Nigerian literary critic Ikhide Ikheloa, had fawned over the photo he thought depicted Mr. Atiku as drinking garri, saying he would vote for the former vice-president in 2019.

Mr. Abubakar is expected to contest the 2019 election, although he is yet formally declare or join a new party since leaving the APC.

“No sir, it’s cornflakes,” the former vice president said.

He then went further to explain that: “The photo was taken in 2014, when it was compulsory to post our food on Twitter and Instagram.”

Some netizens quickly deduced not just the prank in the response but its casualty: the APC.

In the build-up to the 2015 elections, top APC chieftains, including Mr. Abubakr, projected themselves on social media as commoners.

Then-candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo were seen at one time having sachet Milo as a beverage during a meal.

The picture was arguably the most famous populist appeal by the campaign at the time, as it portrayed the candidates as humble and frugal.

Critics have, however, slammed the president and his vice for retaining the multi-billion naira food budget at the State House since assuming office.

Mr. Abubakar blamed his departure on the APC government’s failure to bring about the change it promised Nigerians in the way public businesses are conducted.

The APC had “not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance,” he said paraphrasing Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

Mr. Abubakar, vice president from 1999-2007, did not immediately say which party he’ll move to next, but suggestions are rife that he has concluded plans to join the PDP, which has been openly courting him in recent months.


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  • Shahokaya

    Umar Ardo, Ph.D write up on Atiku

    Now that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has finally slunk back into the PDP once again, the party that he once helped found and twice futilely helped to kill, all absurd arguments to justify this third missionary journey into the party are been spewed by different characters across the nation’s political landscape. Only recently, the so-called Adamawa State PDP’s leadership and an amorphous group that calls itself Katsina State People’s Democratic Party Elders’ Consultative Forum are reported to have publicly pleaded with the erstwhile Vice President to come back to the PDP. The Katsina group implored him “to forgive former elements within the PDP, who forced him to seek further political relevance and justice in alternative political enclaves and return for a successful rebirth of the PDP.” The so-called elders hailed him as a “political son of Katsina State, who has made indelible contributions to the foundation and development of the PDP.”

    While I do not here intend to dispute whatever contributions Atiku may have made to the PDP, I however reject the notion that he was maltreated in the party. Nobody treated Atiku unfairly; whatever happened to him in the PDP was the result of his own making! With an avid ambition for power, Atiku took many indecent steps to achieve his political self-interest, and many of these steps came back at him with devastating consequences. As a Vice President, he plotted against his principal by conspiring to unseat the president and take over power in 2003. It was an opened national secret that Atiku did not want Obasanjo to contest a 2nd term and took to so many subterranean antics to stop the president from doing so. Nigerians are not in a hurry to forget how Obasanjo on good ground accused him of conspiring with Ghali Umar Na’abba, a onetime Speaker, to serve him with impeachment notice in August, 2002 after failing to get the president adopt “the Mandela option” – i.e. not to contest a 2nd term and handover to his deputy! No sensible president would simply sit back and watch his deputy run him down the way Atiku tried on Obasanjo. Hence, Obasanjo’s defensive move of taking away PDP from Atiku’s grips and subsequently bludgeoning him against contesting under its platform were the results of Atiku’s own political misdemeanours to his principal and not the other way round.

    So when he left the party in 2006 and desperately persuaded Bola Tinubu to join him form the AC and contested the presidency under its platform in 2007, Atiku was simply pursuing his own self-ambition. But, perceptively, events were not kind to him in that presidential election as he came a distant 3rd with a mere 2 million votes. Then what happened after he lost that election and lost at the tribunal was shocking. Without telling any of his compatriots in the AC, he sneaked into Abeokuta to beg Obasanjo for reconciliation! Not only Obasanjo did not forgive him, but he further lost the confidence of his AC compatriots who stood by him in his ill-advised fight against Obasanjo. That brought the end of AC, except that Bola Tinubu, being a man of will, foresight and means, restructured it into ACN and forged ahead to build a colossus political empire. And for Atiku, having betrayed his new-found compatriots, he creeped back into the PDP in July, 2010, shortly after the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, in the hope of pushing out the supposedly weak and inexperienced President Goodluck Jonathan. But again events were not kind to him, for in the December presidential primaries, Atiku managed to scoop a mere 800 against Jonathan’s over 2000 votes.

    So when in August 2013 Atiku, along with others, derisively walked out on the PDP at its national convention and subsequently joined the newly formed APC, which he described as his last and final political bus-stop, all those who understand his politics knew that he would still jump ship the moment the APC fails to satisfy his self-interest. Just like his returning to PDP after President Yar’Adua’s death was aimed at displacing the ‘inexperienced Jonathan’, his joining APC was also with the naive plan of using the power of money to defeat ‘poor Buhari’ and gain APC’s presidential nomination. Again, like in the previous two elections, events were not kind to him as he woefully lost the contest to a distant 3rd, after Buhari and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso – thanks to Bola Tinubu who refused to allow himself be bitten twice by the same insect!

    But of course the turn of events in all his three self-serving contests were just as they should be – you just don’t rip from where you did not sow! Agreed, politics is said to be a game of interests; but being a matter that directly affects the lives of people in society and determines the future of society itself, politics is indisputably also a game of principles. In playing the game, therefore, one just cannot pursue one’s interests at the expense of its principles. It is a standard universal norm that any political actor who pursues self-serving interest against public interests is acting against set principles of politics; and time has ascertained that such a politician is sure to fail. The politician’s skill or lack of it to distinguish the great disparity between self-interest and principles, and the ability or inability to balance these two elements, is what makes one a good or a bad politician, and consequently what decides the ultimate destiny of one’s politics. Characteristically, over the years, Atiku’s unprincipled politics not only failed to conform to these political dynamics but it also defines him merely as a self-serving politician.

    This character trait didn’t start in the presidential villa – it started much earlier! Nigerians can recall that, by his own testimony, Atiku claimed to have joined politics at the behest of late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, who he always refers to as his political mentor. Although this claim did not prevent him from abstinently opposing the late General’s immediate younger brother, Umaru, when the latter emerged president, but for the purpose of the present discourse, let’s take him by his words on this. So together with General Yar’Adua, Atiku formed or joined several political associations and political parties, including PF, PDM, SDP and NCPN. In the process of building the NCPN, popularly called the Centre Party, his political mentor was arrested by the General Sani Abacha government, charged with treasonable felony and sentenced to death. While General Yar’Adua was languishing in jail on a commuted sentence of life in prison, Atiku had no qualms in abandoning the Centre Party to join the government-favoured UNCP and be given its Adamawa State governorship ticket. Shortly after, Yar’Adua died in jail.

    And he has now again crawled back into the PDP with, no doubt, a vein political trajectory to get the party’s presidential nomination. He must have calculated that with the zoning of the party’s presidential candidate to the North, being obscenely wealthy, he will use money to secure its ticket. That may well be so, but it is also clear to all discerning analysts that the man has again not thought through this political gambit. Atiku has once again not only committed another morally repugnant action to advance his self-interest, but by it he also proved himself to be an undependable and unreliable political ally, both to the people he associates with and the political parties he joins. He neither embodies virtues Nigerians can emulate nor holds worthy moral and ethical principles upcoming generations may extol. But like all acts, we all get wiser after the events; he therefore won’t know the folly of his present move until the effects come calling. And, as sure as God made little apples, the universal truth of ‘what is morally wrong cannot be politically right’ will, as before, ultimately become the bane of his political failure. But, as the saying goes, time will be the true judge of all affairs.

    • newvoice404

      Atiku was doing all these to get to the presidency s that he is well prepared for, but was Buhari not doing all his own politics and antics to get the presidency as well?…… that he eventually got, even when he contested 4 times and cried that he would never contest any election in Nigeria again. Pls Buhari did all thought he could do get the presidency-that he got and Atiku is doing all he thinks could do to make him get the presidency as well. Let the voters be the judge, stop using all these pedestrian tricks to throw mud at Atiku for Buhari, it is making us to think that Buhari/APC are too desperate or afraid of Atiku or both. Personally , I will prefer Atiku because he appeared to be more prepared, cosmopolitan, liberal and more grounded in modern economics, business and wealth/job creation. Shame

  • Suleiman Alatise

    But he Atiku was and still a clug on the wheel of progress, if he thinks people don’t know this then sorry for him.

    • franklin arinze

      It seems you are pained by the way you sound. Am just saying….

      • Suleiman Alatise

        No, not at all, what I’m pointing out is that his games are well known and therefore not a treat.

        • franklin arinze

          Ok. But he is a liberal democrat while the other is a neo conservative.

    • newvoice404

      Personally , I will prefer Atiku because he appeared to be more prepared, cosmopolitan, liberal and more grounded in modern economics, business and wealth/job creation. So I will campaign for him along this line and urge people to vote for him. Its our choice to make, so lets there be debate among them and no one should shy away from this debates this time around. May the best candidate win. Simple!

      • Pluti

        The fear of PDP holding presidency in Nigeria is the beginning of common sense but what of Buhari?

  • Suleiman Alatise

    No, not at all.

  • Mr. Abdin

    The embarking of a political journey begins with a step, i think the former VP, is really a political gladiator..,,

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    “not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance,”

    pdp could not do the above in 16 years of holding power and it now expects any other party to do same within 2 years,really?!!! coming from atiku of all people,this is mockery with intent ……… give him power and he will belittle ebele wonder’s heist of the national treasury ……………………next bus stop for atiku: apga,ppa and Lp in that order ……….

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Worse still, the Atiku person was fully in charge during OBJ’s first term and what he did was to fully load his own back pocket with Nigeria’s commonwealth.

      How does he expect us to forget and trust him in full capacity?

      • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

        thank God ……. at least someone remembers!!!!!

        the puke was fully-in-charge of the economy then, how on earth have we forgotten so soon???!! he made SURE he and his family would never want on earth FIRST AND FOREMOST ………….. why anyone in their right senses would consider him as a presidential material beats my imagination …… the man is a consummate crook …………Only well organized crooks would even consider him, and that is exactly what fidifi would do …………………….