Deep Details of Atiku, Oyegun Secret Meeting, Emerges

By Amako Nneji July 19, 2016 09:23

Deep Details of Atiku, Oyegun Secret Meeting, Emerges

Emerging facts indicate that the unscheduled one-hour meeting between former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, Odigie Oyegun, on Monday, July 18, was connected to the challenges facing the country and political permutations for 2019.

The visit came weeks after Atiku, had called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to restructure the country and adopt true federalism, which was contrary to the party’s manifesto. Atiku’s visit to Oyegun was his first, since Buhari was sworn in.

Atiku, along with the Adamawa State Governor, Umar Jubrilla Bindow, had entered the National Secretariat of the party, and headed straight to the office of the National Chairman.

According to political analysts, with the visit of the former Vice President, the race for the 2019 Presidency has just begun.

For Atiku, the battle for 2019, which will be his fourth time, may be the charm to ascend to that enviable position just like Buhari, who contested four times, and won the fourth time.

Buhari, had contested for the Presidency in 2003 on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and lost to former President, Olusengun Obasanjo.

In 2007, Buhari also emerged as the presidential candidate of the defunct ANPP, but also lost to Late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP for the Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, a party that he had helped to establish, but also lost in the race for the presidency.

However, Buhari, who decided to contest for the 2015 general election yet again, defeated the then incumbent, former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Following the precedence of President Buhari, Atiku may also be encouraged by the fact that Buhari also tried and succeeded after the fourth time.

According to the official results, Atiku, who contested the 2007 presidential election, took third place, behind the PDP candidate Umaru Yar’Adua and the ANPP candidate, Buhari.

Atiku, was reported to have rejected the election results, and called for its cancellation, describing it as Nigeria’s “worst election ever.”

He stated that he would not attend Late Umaru Yar’Adua’s inauguration, saying that he did not want to “dignify such a hollow ritual with his presence.”

Atiku, also returned to the PDP to contest the 2011 presidential election, after a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate, over former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser, NSA, Aliyu Gusau and current Senate President, Bukola Saraki of Kwara State.

Atiku, who many commentators likened to a cat with nine lives, also tried to run for President in 2015, on the platform of the APC, but was defeated by President Buhari in the party’s primaries.

With the incumbent President laying the precedence of the “never say die, until the bones are rotten” spirit, Atiku might be bracing up to contest the 2019 presidential race for the fourth time.