Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has ruled out joining the merger of opposition parties being clobbered together by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. He lamented his betrayal by the Asiwaju of Lagos when he flew the Action Congress (AC’) flag during the 2007 presidential election. According to the Turaki of Adamawa, Tinubu supported and funded the campaign of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua while the AC had a presidential candidate.
A source close to Turaki disclosed that he has concluded consultations with segments of the political class in his quest to actualize his aspiration. “You know that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is strong willed, democratic and not one to be brushed aside by threat of the overbearing powers of the incumbency. You can trust him to see the campaign to its logical conclusion once he publicly declares his ambition.” Our source said.
Political observers are however wondering on the game plan the former Vice President will deploy to achieve his ambition. They attribute platform as one of the greatest obstacles to his success. “PDP ticket will be difficult for him to secure considering the unstable nature of the governors. He will be naive to rely on them during the run up to 2015 polls. They disappointed him in 2011 and there is no guarantee they will not do so now. ” A member of his inner caucus said.
He is said to have consulted and secured the support of the northern elders forum in his quest. The problem however is that this same group supported him in 2011 when he squared up against President Goodluck Jonathan and lost. With their relevance and political leverage whittled, the question is whether Atiku will be engaging in a wild goose chase in 2015.