Atiku’s loyalists ask Buhari to drop presidential bid

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

A political pressure group, Turaki Vanguard, has asked former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, to drop his ambition to contest the 2015 presidential election.

The group, which is canvassing support for the presidential bid of a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said in a statement that Mr. Buhari’s presence in the presidential contest would neither enrich it nor enhance the fortune of their party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Both Messrs. Buhari and Abubakar are among others seeking the APC’s ticket to run in the February election. The duo had one time or the other contested the election.

Some supporters of the former head of state have repeatedly asked Mr. Buhari to quit the race and support Atiku.

The Bauchi State chapter of the Buhari Vanguard had on Monday asked the former vice president to dump his ambition because he was no match for him.

The advice came about the same time a popular Islamic Cleric, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, advised Mr. Buhari against running for the president for the fourth time.

In the statement by its National President, Oladimeji Fabiyi, on Thursday, the pro-Atiku group said, “We, the members of the Turaki Vanguard, a political pressure group operating independently of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization, having carefully monitored and observed recent pro-Buhari activities sponsored by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, hereby call on the former Head of State and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari to quit the presidential race.

“We are making this call on the former Head of State with all sense of responsibility having in mind that General Buhari will neither enrich the race nor enhance the political fortunes of the opposition APC whom Nigerians hope will salvage their country from the 15 years of death grip and mis-governance of the PDP.”

The group alleged that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was clearly championing the emergence of Mr. Buhari, a retired army general, because it had mastered the art of defeating him and would be comfortable with his candidacy.

The Turaki Vanguard said it was no longer a secret that the PDP had armed itself with the ammunition to defeat the former head of state whom its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said was the “easiest to defeat,” having done so in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 presidential polls.

“In making this call, we are mindful of the need for all patriotic Nigerians to help prevent another political ridicule of a former Nigerian leader like General Buhari, which would be unavoidable if he continues with his 2015 aspiration,” the group said.

“We hope the elderly and revered General will heed our advice and those of other respectable Nigerians like Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.”


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  • Baba Jada

    Buhari is too old to contest this upcoming election, He should denounce his ambition and rally round Alh Atiku Abubakar Turakin Adamawa. I can see Atiku is well prepared this time around. Whosoever wants to be president of Nigeria in 2015 should place the interest of Nigerians above all other consideration. I think this is what Atiku has demonstrated by rolling out a policy draft which seeks to improve governance in Nigeria. I believe the effective implementation of these policies will greatly develop Nigeria.

    • Lala

      How young is Atiku?!

  • Nuorah

    Among all the candidates is only Atiku has the political stamina and sagacity to march the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Buhari should stay a side and behave as a leader not candidate.

  • sir Oscie

    This are the same issues that Sheikh Gummi raised in his letter and crowned it by advising the former military dictator not to contest the election.
    Buhari seriously lacks ideas and empty when it comes to policies, So him getting the APC ticket will only spell doom for the party.
    We need politicians who are strong on policies and Buhari’s name doesn’t come to mind when such issues are raised.
    He will make a good religious/region leader not a national leader or president.
    Pdp is clearing championing Buhari’s emergence,because it had mastered the art of defeating him and would be comfortable with his candidacy.
    Sorry to disappoint them because the primaries will say otherwise and swing to Atiku’s favours.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Buhari should just relax and allow Atiku Abubakar to emerge as the candidate of the APC, PDP is always comfortable with Buhari as their political opponent because they have the manual of defeating him in general elections because it has happened 3 times and now we must avoid the 4th time. Atiku has the machineries on ground that can give the PDP a big fight. APC should elect Atiku is the best man for the job.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      The same machinery that did not help him against GEJ “the novice” when they had the PDP primaries?

      Please don’t make me laugh.

  • Captain Haddock

    Hmm. Chei!
    IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE!
    DOG AND BABOON FIGHT WAN START OO!
    COULD THIS BE WHAT BUHARI MEANT YEARS AGO??
    HOW PROPHETIC!!
    I DEY LAFF KEkekekekekekeke!

  • Goodluck_Nigeria

    WHICH ATIKU ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT ……… IS IT THE ATIKU WE KNOW ?

    It is possible ………………… this people are talking about a different Atiku because the Atiku we know is someone who bears ethno-religious bias as the “CONSENSUS CANDIDATE OF THE MUSLIM NORTH”

    Going by what Atiku told Buhari in the statement below …… both Atiku and Buhari are not fit to be APC Presidential candidate because both of them bear ethno-religious bias.

    This is what Atiku said to Buhari a few days ago:

    “I believe that the next president of our country, who by the grace of God will be produced by our great party, must be someone who is a unifier, bridge-builder and NOT SOMEONE WHO BEARS ETHNO-RELIGIOUS BIAS. Above all, he must embody a vision of a Nigeria for all.”

    • emmanuel

      Sori o. You know say Atiku say im be bridge builder by marrying from every Geo-Political zone. That sound like an Asewo man, when go take Nigeria money service his libido, if allowed to go near Aso Villa. Abi na who go construct harem for all the women?

      Infact that disqualifies him from being a President. He is just like his Adamawa broda Nyako when married women from all profession and failed as a governor.

  • Baba Messi

    First the character assassination was btwn APC and PDP.
    Now it’s ‘in-house’.
    APC Vs APC!
    “If a house be divided against itself, HOW shall it stand”???
    Na implosion be that o!
    All peace loving people are aware the members of the Angry-Peoples-Club enjoy hurling insults at others. Now no one responds to them, na to begin fire themselves!
    This thing is about to get messy!
    Run my people RUN!
    AND DONT LOOK BACK..”LIKE LOT’S WIFE”!

  • Oluwakayode Oladeinde

    I have no personal opinion of my own on this subject, but the opinion below says it all:

    Why Buhari may not defeat Jonathan

    Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, recently dismissed insinuations he would be a running mate to the All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Since the recrudescence of Buhari’s campaign, Fashola’s rejection is proof that some folk in the APC still have their feet on the grounds of reality after all.

    Buhari has been running for presidency since 2003 and though his feet are not yet tired, there is something tiresome about his recurring candidacy. For one, a lot of intellectual energy is usually expended analysing him and the many baggage he represents. In the process, core issues that should be tackled at election time get suspended.

    It is perhaps a testimony to Buhari’s political capital that he can overshadow the terrain and send tremors into the camp of the incumbent candidate and his party. His entrance into the 2011 race gave that election the vivacity it badly needed. This time, however, if the APC fields Buhari against President Goodluck Jonathan, the odds may not be in their favour. The APC cannot present itself as a party with an ideology of change and still field a 72-year-old man who will want to run two terms that will expire when he is 81.

    That is why pairing Buhari with Fashola appealed to the merchandisers of the idea. They are being pragmatic. Each time Buhari gets on his messianic horse and rides onto the political arena, he comes with the same unevolved message of ridding Nigeria of corruption and rescuing our wretched souls from our collective national misery.

    Even the most ardent Buharist is careful to not ascribe to him either lofty visions of nation building or revolutionary economic ideas and ideals; Buhari lacks this ethos and such message will likely be doomed before it even leaves the idea factory. But there is one solution to this yawning absence: to pair him with a younger, vibrant, intelligent and charismatic leader.

    The idea is, while Buhari purportedly solves the corruption problem, his deputy will do the harder -and perhaps more cerebral- job of rebuilding Nigeria’s crumbling institutions. It is for this reason he has run with colourful running mates in the past – Chuba Okadigbo in 2003; Edwin Ume-Ezeoke in 2007 and Pastor Tunde Bakare in 2011. They are all selected on the basis of region, religion and perhaps an even more important consideration – they can implement developmental policies.

    In fact, even Buhari so premises his persona over the social liberatory ideas he should be seen espousing that his latest presidential declaration speech was shorn of inspiration; it barely sparked zeal in anyone who wants a change from the miasma Nigeria is stuck due to centuries of ignorant leadership.

    Although one can argue that Nigeria’s problems barely change, and therefore the language with which we tackle them cannot but remain the same. Yet, by sticking to the same recycled stuff, it shows that Buhari has not acquired a complex understanding of how to deal with Nigeria’s issues. The static and repetitive nature of his ideas is just as frightening as Jonathan’s cluelessness. If anything will ever be achieved while he is in office, it would have to be left to his deputy who would also give Buhari’s campaign the missing phrenic colour.

    Yet, those who tout this idea always seem to miss one point: they over-romanticise the relationship between a president and the vice-president and how it will play out. In a democracy, the office of the VP is not of that much consequence and is easily subjected to humiliation by an insecure principal who does not want to be supplanted.

    It was President Harry Truman that once said, “Look at all the vice-presidents in history. Where are they? They were about as useful as a cow’s fifth teat.”

    Nigeria’s recent history shows how tenuous this relationship can be in the examples of Olusegun Obasanjo and Abubakar Atiku; Governor Rasheed Ladoja and Adebayo-Alao-Akala; Governor Bola Tinubu and Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele and so on. The instances where we hardly hear of rancour between the principal executive and deputy are those where the former has managed to keep a tight rein on the latter, depriving him or her of funds or relevance that can boost his or her public profile. Why would anyone imagine Buhari – assuming he manages to hook a good VP candidate – not clamp down on any assertiveness such a person tries to display?

    As things stand, Nigeria needs a strong and viable candidate, one with creative imagination and a vision. Buhari does not come across as the person who can fit this profile. It is not enough that he is said to have a panacea for corruption – assuming he can actually achieve that under a lopsided democratic system– he should also advance a development agenda. He should display an ability to espouse ideas that resonate far more meaningfully than what currently obtains.

    Unlike what his advisers think, corruption is not Nigeria’s sole problem even if it appears that way and Buhari’s Spartanism is not a guarantee of either innovation or foresight. If you subtract corruption from the present government, it will still not achieve a bounce.

    In the few months before election, is there any possibility that Buhari will have a better run this time and probably defeat President Jonathan? It is doubtful. Even though many Nigerians are probably weary of Jonathan’s government by now, they are still practical enough to understand that another four years of Jonathan’s government will not kill them. It might bring Nigeria to her knees but at the same time, it is a pain that can be endured.

    Buhari’s candidature may end up producing a boomerang effect that will likely favour Jonathan. Those who have previously planned to fold their arms on Election Day will be motivated into voting Jonathan, warts and all, just to keep Buhari far from Aso Rock. He has not demonstrated that he represents real change and there is real danger in giving up the familiar cluelessness of Jonathan for an untried one.

    There are other reasons to be afraid of a Buhari presidency: his plebian following. Those who oppose Buhari for his perceived fundamentalism forget that Buhari is no religious nut; he is a religion himself. His followers are largely those that believe in him with unexamined devotion. Anybody with such authority over people’s minds should not be tried with the absolutism of power the Nigerian brand of democracy endows on a political leader. Those who oppose Buhari are very aware of this and that is another reason to keep him far from Aso Rock Villa come 2015.”

    • emmanuel

      All hail the hatchet men doing tilling the soil for Atiku.

      Turaki you are Advancing your curse through e-rats.

      Head or tail, Jonathan is by far better than them all.

      Fashola planted flowers, beganvavrail line that will not be completed until about 2024, spends N70billion to run Lagos house while Jonathan spends N25billion.

      Jonathan revamps Agriculture, my Village is a proud beneficiary of the revolution without any PDP appointee, Rails revamped, Nissan already selling assembled in Nigeria cars, Federal roads much better, education votes trippled, inflation lower, Rice cultivation in great tempo, Fish imports dropping, ghost workers salaries blocked.

      I beg tell me apart from flower and roads wetin Fashola do for Lagos apart from multiple taxation which generates over N40 billion monthly with only an average of N25 billion declared?

      Fashola ought to be in jail after he leaves office.

      • Lala

        U missed subsidy scam! What happened to the monies and the thieves?!

    • Lala

      Try as u could, you did not hide your bias. So much for your neutrality.

  • Lawrence Agha

    Mohammadu Buhari should go on and contest the 2015 Presidential election, we can use some laugh.

  • Tawandah incommunicado

    Atiku desperately wants to control Nigeria’s oil and gas revenue…..MAY GOD SAVE NIGERIA !!

    • Zirem

      Desperation is when its clear one is unable to carry out assignment and insist holding on to it when there are others more capable of handling that same assignment. A person pushing for devolution of power cant be desperate as you put it, I will rather call Atiku a Nationalist. May God save Nigeria from those who have made the country and its resources their personal estate.

  • emmanuel

    Up Jonathan. Buhari wouod yrounce Atiku at their primaries, while Jonathan would white wash Buhari with a Valentine gift.

    Truth be told, neither Buhari, Atiku, Kwakwanso or frog eyed Tambuwal can win 25 % votes in any Southern state, but Jonathan would clean upto 30% in all Nothern States outside North Central where he would eat kekefia!

    • Lala

      We shall see if only SS ans SE votes will earn GEJ re-election.

      • Tawandah incommunicado

        Take a good look at the last elections in the SW,middle belt and the Christian north before exposing your ignorance.

        • Zirem

          Am sorry its no more about religion or ethnic affiliation. Ignorance is when you allow such sentiments cloud your judgement. Has it ever worked, yes the north east voted for Jonathan, but they happen to be his sacrificial lamb and you still Nigerians can be fooled. What an insult.

          • Tawandah incommunicado

            The northern sharia fundamentalists who misused Islam as a political weapon from the onset of our nationhood are directly responsible for Boko-haram.The massacres which has been taking place in that region did not start with the Jonathan administration,the persecution of Christians and the tribal massacre of Igbos did not start with Jonathan. Your myopic and dishonest narrative will not hold water,you cannot confuse Nigerians into accepting Islamic extremists whose antics have cost thousands of Muslim and Christian lives into Aso-rock !

          • Zirem

            But it got worse under Jonathan’s watch, why?

          • Tawandah incommunicado

            ….Because he is a Christian”infidel”from a minority tribe .

          • Zirem

            its called incompetence.

  • taewo

    This man has come again with his desperacy for power!

  • amazing2012

    Idiots all you need is unity against PDP not greed, except if some of you are paid by PDP to cause confusion to APC and you shall pay it in poverty, insecurity and sadness !

  • True Nigerian

    This ageism campaign will play into Buhari’s hands. In any case, ageism is no different from racism which a blackman shouts blah-blah-blah! about. Yet, we do ageism with breathtaking impudence. Both are discrimination on grounds that have no relationship with merit, ability or capacity. If an old man is fit and qualified for a job that he is applying for, dismissing him on account of his age has nothing to do with merit, especially where the old man is visibly fit enough for the job.

    John McCain was 72 years old when he ran for President in 2008. Hilary Clinton will be 72 years in her first term if she wins in 2016. Yet, she will be the favorite canddate of most of the hypocrites here who are pretending that a 72 year old man is past his use-by date in a Presidential office as if it is a job that requires the driving of a tractor.

    By the way, Atiku’s people must realise that Nigerians would rather have an old man with credible reputation than to have a semi-old man with grossly tainted reputation. Just like Jonathan, Atiku is simply too corrupt to lead Nigeria out of her corruption quagmire. The blind does not lead the blind over a ditch. Haliburton aside, Atiku’s ashawo politics has taken the wind off the sail on his political reputation. Atiku and his people needs to get real in their assessment. If the APC does not go for Buhari, the other answer is Sam Nda Isaiah or Oby Ezekwesili. The later will give Jonathan a nightmare every night until he packs his bag out of Aso Rock in February. An Oby Ezekwesili candidacy will turn Jonathan’s strongholds into pieces of shattered glass. But, of course, Tinubu and his usurping cohorts are not likely to be so sensible and sensitive enough to pick such a candidate. Nevertheless, I don’t see how Jonathan is going to win even a lesser candidate of Buhari’s strengths, given the silly joke of the last 5 years. People keep on citing Buhari’s losses since 2003. But they forget that the outcomes of horrendously rigged and raped electoral processes in 2003, 2007 and 2011 are no yardsticks for measuring the electoral strength of a candidate. Furthermore, they totally forget that the Nigerian situation in which Jonathan was popular in 2010/2011 is not the Nigerian situation in which the 2015 election will take place. The differences are so much that the two settings are likely to produce shocking outcomes on the same candidates. In 2011, Nigerians saw Jonathan as a blessing. Today, many of those people see him as the worst mistake and miscalculation of heir lives. It makes a significant difference in the possible outcome for 2015. Moreso, about half of those who rigged for Jonathan in 2011 are now some of his most unrepentant opponents. The change of circumstances is massive.

    • umaru Ukpokwu

      While you are right about Hillary and McCain; most American presidential candidates in recent times don’t run more than twice in their life time

  • tsunami1earthquake

    What are all these talks about asking a candidate to drop his/her political ambition? If they know their own candidate is strong then they must have no fear. Everybody has a constitutional right to run for any office, though some conditions apply but definitely not the conditions itemized by these people.

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  • AbujaKenneth

    I am not a PDP man though they are the second party I have sympathy for but truth must be told. Buhari is better than Atiku and though GEJ is not the best he is better than the two.

    • Zirem

      Have read Atiku’s policy statements? First of, how is Buhari better than Atiku, when he has given us nothing, no plan what so ever on how to govern us. Its easy to say ‘I will fight corruption’ anyone can say it, even you, but
      HOW? is the big question and no answer yet. And GEJ? how is better than those two, please remind me. The Govt. that has rubbished the power it’s got? Oh! have you heard, the first Lady has resign her position of being a permanent secretary in Bayelsa state and her benefits have been put together already? Unbelievable!

    • umolu

      You are correct. I wonder why some people cannot see beyond their nose. Nigerians are generally smart people and I am surprise they don’t know Mr A.Atiku is a wanted man in America! ; and the retired general is like an expired drug, he can cure nothing. Democracy is not military dictatorship. He had his chance unfortunately he was not alert enougn and the monster by name Babangida swept him away. We thank him for his contribution.

  • umolu

    First of all is the the party a northern ONLY party? If that party is a true national party how come only two candidates both of the same faith are in the fore front out millions of other party faithfuls.Something is wrong!