Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president appears to be determined to grab the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against the 2023 elections, and to clear the way for himself, the former vice president visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Thursday, the second time in a short time, for consultations and what he described as reconciliation on touching issues
Speaking to journalists at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Atiku explained that party affairs brought him to Port Harcourt, and he had spent the time reconciling touching issues with Governor Wike.
He said: “Well, I came here to reconcile with the governor on party affairs and how we can ensure that there is unity and stability in the party.
“So, that we can take over government in 2023. I believe that Nigerians can’t wait for 2023 to come, so that PDP will return”, while urging Nigerians to wait for the appropriate time when PDP shall unveil its policies on how it wants to address the issue of insecurity across the country.
However, political analysts who spoke with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt, while commending the former vice president for his deliberate concerns for the strengthening of the PDP, advised him to first of all, reconcile himself with the demand of power shift to the south in 2023, before talking about reconciliation with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
They analysts faulted what they described as desperate moves by the former vice president to assume power when a Northerner is serving out eight years by 2023 as president of Nigeria, stressing that it was time for the PDP chieftain to convince the south that he is not one of those who believe that they are born to rule.
Describing the aspiration as insensitive and provocative, the analysts also advised Alhaji Atiku to prove his commitment to the unity of Nigeria, and fairness to all sections of the country by supporting another member of his party from the south to fly the PDP flag in 2023.
They further contended that, in a country where so much is said, and so little is done, that Atiku Abubakar can not be trusted unless he conducts himself like a statesman by subordinating his personal ambition to the collective wishes and aspirations of those who mean well for Nigeria.