Defection: Atiku too desperate for power — Group

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

A pro-democracy group, Make A Difference (MAD), has described former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as a man too desperate for power.

The group spoke against the backdrop of Atiku’s recent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress.

Speaking at a news briefing in Abuja, the Executive Director of the group, Lemmy Ughegbe, said although Atiku has the constitutional right to associate and assemble, his defection to the PDP from APC raises moral question on his integrity and how he is willing to sacrifice values for political ambition.

“Without doubt Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a constitutionally defined and guaranteed right to lawful association and assembly provided for by section 1 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Clearly, the former Vice President more than anyone else understands this right and has leveraged it a few times,” Mr. Ughegbe said.

But he noted that “by Abubakar’s exercise of this right under Section 1, he has inadvertently raised moral questions against his ambition.”

Mr. Ughegbe said, “Surely, all right thinking persons would simply be wondering the source of such seeming desperation for power that has occasioned Atiku to jump ship from the ruling party to PDP, which he left a few years ago, after his well-documented statement that it (PDP) was beyond redemption.”

The good governance advocate added, “I am aware that political jobbers and all those out to exploit the former Vice President would hastily jump to attack all those who speak frankly on this matter of defection.”

The activist advised him to handle this issue with utmost regard for the citizens whom he intends to curry electoral votes from at the general elections in 2019.

“Nigerians are more politically aware today than they were yesterday,” Mr. Ughegbe said. “So, when the moral question as to Atiku’s seeming desperation for power is raised, I believe he must not gloss over it, but respond with due respect for the Nigerian electorates. He cannot wish this question away. And he will do better not to engage attack dogs to manage such issues, but dutifully and meticulously pick a team of dynamic persons who have great temperament and well measured language to assist him where necessary.

“I am curious why he returned to a party (PDP), which he declared in 2015 was beyond redemption. Is he back to the party with renewed anointing from his sojourn in APC to redeem it? If APC guaranteed him the party’s presidential ticket would he have defected to the once irredeemable PDP?

Mr. Ughegbe added, “Atiku and his supporters cannot possibly wish these begging questions away. No matter how hard they try. They need to be tempered and well measured to respond in a way that turns this situation into political fortunes instead.”

On whom his group fancies to be president between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku come the 2019 general election, he said when the time is right he would give a – no holds barred assessment of both of them, insisting that Nigerians deserve a younger, dynamic and more competent professional to run their country.


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  • Joe

    @MAD, you are wrong for saying Atiku is desperate for power. If he was actually desperate for power, he would have succeeded OBJ in their second term when he was VP. Buhari was more desperate for power for going to court each he losses an election and at a certain time we wept on tv because he thought he never become president of Nigeria. Atiku is more prepared to lead this country to shalom shalom than this divisive and unpatriotic elements handling the affairs of the country today. When the righteous is in authority the people rejoice, but when the wicked rules, the people mourn. That is what is happening today.

    • monnie uwa

      Beloveth, Nigerians are wiser now than before. Do you have your card, pls use it wisely same to all Nigerians. Money cannot buy my card. God bless Nigeria, the animal kingdom

  • Timothy

    Enough about Atiku…his going nowhere. Not in this country. Let him first win Primaries then we can talk but for now he is going no where.

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  • john peters

    yes,just like buhari after many attempt and cries still want power and still hoping for 2019,so there is no sin in it if atiku still want power.

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Tell him the true.
    Atiku is desperately after Power

  • aisha ani

    Atiku with his ankara and Louis Vuitton shoes.

  • Tunsj

    Power hungry. You got that right.

  • Steve

    “I am curious why he returned to a party (PDP), which he declared in 2015 was beyond redemption”. Atiku is the one beyond redemption.