Atiku’s Political Harakiri, By Rabiu Shamma
Posted On Nov 29, 2017
I am personally not into partisan politics, but I am certainly not apolitical. That is why Atiku Abubakar has been my preferred presidential candidate since from 2011, some may find this surprising. It was for nothing actually other than what I believed then to be some wonderful developmental ideas contained in his manifesto titled “The Atiku Abubakar Policy Document: Building a Nigeria for All.
I have also read Atiku Abubakar’s autobiography and marvelled at how he basically rose from grass to grace through doggedness, hardwork and business acumen or was it ‘cutting corners’? That policy document actually guided my initial support for Atiku Abubakar as he was the only person that widely published his plans for the country. There was virtually no sector that the document had not touched and provided solutions on how to revamp them. His main political challengers had no any blueprint or simply drew one quite abruptly towards the elections.
Fast forward to 2015, after all that happened prior to the general election and the eventual victory of President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar quite literally withdrew from the government activities he and others worked to ensure its victory, for me that was a mistake on his part, he supposed to be one of the leaders of the APC government, so he should not have expected to be begged to come and participate. He should have engaged Mr President more in his position as one of the party leaders of the APC government in order to consolidate on the relative success of the government.
No one can tell me someone of Atiku’s political clout and sagacity will be denied audience with Mr President. The Jagaban, for example, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has shown more political maturity than Atiku, he ensures that he is continuosly relevant in the scheme of things and play politics not only for his selfish benefit, but also for his people and political associates.
Another of the greatest undoing for Mr Atiku is his kitchen cabinet, the people that surrounds him continuosly shields him from engaging the grassroots, I heard many Atiku political associates saying how they submitted many proposals that will benefit the people but none ever saw the light of the day.
Atiku, with his stupenduos wealth can do better for Nigerian people, he needs not be president to do that, to put it mildly, he should give more back to the society.
In conclusion and in my opinion, Atiku’s return to PDP is a political harakiri, harakiri is a kind of Japanese suicide. He may have thought his chance of becoming Nigeria President is brighter in PDP, but if we are to be candid to ourselves, Atiku is perpertually unelectable to Nigerian masses, his image is beyond repair, no matter the english one may use to show how he has a beautiful blueprint for the development country.
Rabiu Shamma, a Political analyst and Positive Change Crusader writes from Abuja.