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Leadership: Time for Atiku Abubakar to end ambition to be President  –Nigerian Government

Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar

*The Federal Government of Nigeria asserts the country is moving forward, and set to achieve its manifest destiny as one of the most respected and successful nations in the world under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, but it is only former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s ‘inordinate ambition to be President that is doomed’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Former Vice-President and Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate in last election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, unravelled Monday, October 30, 2023, at a press conference in Abuja, FCT, where he finally, found his voice after over 96 hours to respond to his trouncing at the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment on his grossly incompetent election petition appeal.

Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser (SA) to the President on Information and Strategy, who said this in reaction to Atiku’s pronouncements at his media briefing in a statement issued Monday, said most Nigerians were wrong to expect that Atiku at 77 would play the statesman and sportsman and accept, with equanimity, the verdict of the highest court and the citizenry.

Onanuga noted: “Instead, he unashamedly, constituted himself into a demagogue and anarchist in the way and manner he sought to pull down and delegitimise all the institutions of State, all in a futile bid to achieve what he could not get via the ballot box.”

The statement also referred to “his press conference where he laboured, in vain, to once again, manipulate public opinion and blame the Judiciary for his self-inflicted defeat in the 25 February Presidential election.”

The Presidential Information and Strategy aide stated that Atiku launched a diatribe against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Judiciary, “particularly our apex court, for not bending the law and the constitution to satisfy his whims and caprices.”

According to Onanuga, the former Vice-President also tried “very hard to perfect his act of misinformation by seeking to lay claim to faux morality and higher ideals when in actual fact his entire life is antithetical to any higher ideals.”

The statement further said: “Atiku claimed he worked along with others to end military rule in Nigeria when he was known to be in bed with the same junta who held democracy hostage and incarcerated his mentor, Major-General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua (Retd.), till death.

“He distanced himself from him while in detention to keep alive his governorship ambition on the platform of one of those inglorious Abacha political parties.”

The Special Adviser to the President as well described Atiku’s brand of politics as one that once an electoral process or election does not go his way or pave the way for his victory, democracy becomes dysfunctional and must, therefore, be imperiled.

“For him, democracy should either go his way or the highway,” said the statement.

On Atiku’s choice of words and view about Nigeria

Onanuga also hinted at how the PDP Candidate in the last Presidential Election “was uncharitable and pugnacious in his choice of words and his view about Nigeria.”

He stated: “We can only imagine the level of frustration that could make a former Vice President of Nigeria to hold such pessimistic view of a country where he once occupied the second highest position.

“The PDP candidate said Nigeria is doomed just because he failed to achieve his personal ambition.”

Onanuga asserted: “We want to tell Alhaji Atiku this: Nigeria is not doomed.

“It is only Atiku’s inordinate ambition to be President that is doomed. “Nigeria is moving forward and set to achieve its manifest destiny as one of the most respected and successful nations of the world under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

The statement further noted that contrary to Atiku’s gloomy submission on Nigeria democracy, “we are excited to tell the world that our democracy is thriving and blossoming.

“It is the reason, for the first time, since 1999 the character of our National Assembly and its outlook reflect the diversity and plurality of the choices and preferences of voters as a rainbow coalition of different parties as opposed to the practice in the past where just two parties dominated the national parliament.

“In today’s Nigeria, votes count. No amount of deliberate distortions of facts about our recent election by Alhaji Atiku and his partner, Peter Obi, can vitiate the continuous improvement of our electoral process, which local and international observers have hailed.”

Onanuga stated: “As declared by the Supreme Court, iReV was not designed as an online collation centre. It was simply a public viewing centre for results.

“PDP and Atiku, including Peter Obi’s faction of Labour Party, cannot continue to insist on their own reality against common sense, logic and the law.

Atiku and his hirelings know their game is over

The Federal Government noted that Atiku and his army of hirelings knew why they lost the last Presidential Election.

“The PDP candidate lost because Nigerians preferred Bola Ahmed Tinubu and voted for him to be President.

“Tinubu, along with his APC, won because he offered a better vision for our country’s future.

“The All Progressives Congress as a united and formidable party which ran a well-coordinated campaign with his rank and file intact,” the statement said.

The Federal Government also affirmed that Atiku lost because he went into a major election with a fragmented and tattered umbrella that could not hold together.

It declared: “There was no way Atiku and PDP could have won the election with the party platform on which he contested broken into four parts.

“If Atiku was not harboring a delusion of grandeur, we wonder how he could have envisaged any possible pathway to victory with Mr. Peter Obi’s Labour Party, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s NNPP and PDP G-5 Governors, who took away possible PDP votes, while the APC went into the election as a strong, viable and unified entity.”

‘Atiku remains one of the worst examples of kleptocracy in Africa’

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claims he loves Nigeria and embraces “integrity” so much.

However, the Federal Government, in the statement, hit hard at the former Vice-President and said: “We found such claim to be sheer hypocrisy as Atiku remains one of the worst examples of kleptocracy in Africa.

“The US Congress lists Atiku’s money laundering as one of the very rare cases of corruption at the highest level of governance in the world.”

Onanuga explained that Atiku’s “avarice sent United States’ Congressman William Jefferson to jail after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) busted a bribery scandal in which Atiku was involved from head to toe, and for which he was marked down by the US agency.”

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy stated: “Now as we get to the proper business of governance after Atiku’s unwarranted distraction, we have picked some clear lessons going forward.

“One is that our institutions must be strengthened on diligent and sturdy wings, enough to withstand and identify from afar rabble-rousers who masquerade as statesmen.

“Two, our institutions must also ensure that corrupt, desperate, self-serving serial losers should not have a space in our democracy.”

Onanuga added: “Because if they don’t win the battle, they might burn the nation. “We want to advise Atiku that after over three decades of elusive bid for the Presidency of Nigeria, he must now end his unprofitable bid and go away from any venture that will further pollute the political atmosphere and national harmony.”

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