Atiku Continued stay Abroad Causes Anxiety Among PDP leaders, stakeholders
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Atiku Continued stay Abroad Causes Anxiety Among PDP leaders, stakeholders

 

  • Reference Being Made To His Departure immediately after 2019 General Election.
  • His Absence During Sallah Celebration Worrisome.
  • Gov’s Wike Sympathisers not prepared to Supporters Atiku Over his ‘Humiliation”.

 

Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has traveled to the United Kingdom, more than three weeks after leaving Nigeria for Dubai, United Arab Emirates ,(UK) Track News reports.

 

With the crisis in the PDP, most stakeholders in the party are said to be worried that Atiku, who they believed should be at the forefront of meetings with aggrieved leaders of the party like the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and others, has been out of the country since June.

 

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Some are said to have begun making reference to the former Vice President’s departure from Nigeria for Dubai immediately following the 2019 general elections.

 

Some high-ranking members of the PDP are now suggesting that it is not a wise decision for the presidential candidate to remain abroad when moves have commenced to upend his chances of becoming elected.

 

 

 

It should be recalled that Atiku, jetted out of the country in April 2021 and remained in the UAE and spent over seven months before returning to the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has traveled to the United Kingdom, more than three weeks after leaving Nigeria for Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UK), Track News reports.

 

 

 

Since he travelled out, sympathisers of Wike have indicated that they are not prepared to support Atiku over his “humiliation” of Wike, who was recommended by a special committee of 17 party chieftains.

 

With the PDP in crisis, most stakeholders are said to be concerned that Atiku, who they believe should be at the forefront of meetings with disgruntled party leaders such as Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, and others, has been out of the country since June.

 

Some are said to have begun making reference to the former Vice President’s departure from Nigeria for Dubai immediately following the 2019 general elections.

 

 

 

Party sources told MATRIX that the PDP had become divided right through the middle, as major backers of Governor Wike are resolute in their demand for the first runners-up in the party presidential primary to be appeased over the perceived ill-treatment he suffered in the hands of Atiku.

 

 

 

Some leaders of the PDP who preferred anonymity said that it will be unexplainable if Atiku did not return to Nigeria early next week for the Osun State governorship election.

 

“He was not in Ekiti, won’t he be in Osun too? How are we going to explain his absence? Or is it that he does not understand the importance of the Ekiti and Osun elections? May be he is feeling that after winning the primary, he has automatically won the main election,” a PDP leader who is from Plateau State lamented.

 

A lot of concerned party faithful are also said to be wondering how Atiku will be away in a time like this, which is the last Sallah celebration before the 2023 general elections.

 

A former member of the party’s National Working Committee said he was getting worried that even “during Sallah celebration, our presidential candidate, a Muslim, is not here to celebrate with our people. This is not too good because there is no other Eid-el-Kabir festival before the election in February, next year.

 

Wike’s supporters are linking reconciliation to the removal of Ayu, as part of the appeasement of the governor.

 

 

 

“How can you have your house burning and you are nowhere to be seen? The problem on ground goes beyond what emissaries can resolve. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar needs to be around now to take care of this brewing crisis or he should forget the election,” a party leader who preferred anonymity volunteered to MATRIX

 

The former NWC member said himself and many of his colleagues are worried because “if this level of disenchantment by the former Vice President is allowed to grow beyond this level, it will be difficult to handle.”

 

He lamented that the attitude and language of people around Atiku are not all complimentary, adding that they appeared to be acting like they have won election already.

 

“Well-meaning party stakeholders should wade in now so that we don’t have a repeat of 2015 and 2019,” he concluded.

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