By Issa Itopa Lucky
2023 presidency election is almost here already. Permutations are already ongoing. One prominent personality that Nigerians think about and wonder “what next”, is former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was the Presidential candidate of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 polls. He was the first runner-up in the general election having lost to President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who was on a re-election bid as of the time.
Constitutionally, President Buhari, the bride of “12million Northern votes” will not be on the ballot in 2023. That leaves all Nigerians with the irreversible option of any other candidate to vote but Muhammadu Buhari, for the first time since 2003 when Muhammadu Buhari first ran for the Office of President, then under the platform of APP (All Peoples Party).
Barring new changes, former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar may be vying one more time for Nigeria’s highest office being the Office of President of Nigeria.
Atiku has been vying for that office right from 2007. However he came very close in 2019 such that many are till today, of the opinion that contrary to the declaration of INEC and Supreme Court, Atiku may have won the 2019 presidential election but he was “muscled” aside by President Buhari who could not imagine losing the election as sitting President.
While the country was going about its daily source of living and daily dramas, news filtered the air that Atiku, PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, has commenced consultations ahead of the 2023 polls in a bid to contest again.
According to the sources, Atiku who was spotted in Rivers State and later in Delta State has started nationwide tour in a bid to rally party stakeholders for 2023 presidential ticket.
However when Atiku was speaking to the press after meeting Governor Wike of Rivers State in Port Harcourt during his recent much-talked-about visit to Wike, he was rather quoted to have said he was only trying to play reconciliatory roles within the party with such visit, in a bid to see to it that PDP returns to power in 2023 as according to him, Nigerians yearn earnestly for a return of PDP to power. Not for once all through the speech and visit did he mention that he is interested in contesting any forthcoming election.
However, feelers that have it that Atiku has in fact not only commenced 2023 ambition nationwide tour claimed his visit to Rivers and Delta, was a sign that he is starting his reported nationwide tour from South-South this time around.
Be it as it may, Atiku as a citizen of Nigeria has the exclusive right to vote and be voted for, hence he has a right to vie for any public office of his choice even the Office of President of Nigeria.
To this end, while believing the narrative of those who are of the stand that Atiku has started 2023 political consultations already, it is therefore needful to say such move is commendable.
At least while others are still scratching their heads and biding their times as if 2023 is not here already, Atiku has reportedly commenced rallying his supporters across the six geo-political zones and the country at large.
His support groups seem be waiting impatiently after the 2019 polls for an Atiku 2023 presidential campaign, no doubt, they are almost getting what they are looking forward to, which is to resume official vigorous campaigns for their candidate for Office of President, Atiku Abubakar.
Undeterred by the obvious few bad eggs surrounding the former Vice President in person, that are giving his supporters “bad and bitter supporters experience”, the support groups of the former Vice President who have adopted him as their hero, come what may, have started rallying each other again with their personal resources, across the country already, not knowing if they shall be abandoned when it matters most again, like it happened to their deepest of personal and group pains in 2019. For them, inspite of the bad eggs around the former Vice President that are demoralising his supporters via show of obvious abandonment and lack of care and reward in his name; for the love of Nigeria, 2023 is “Atiku O’Clock” as the tenure of Buhari, the bride of “12 million Northern votes” winds down. For them, if Joe Biden of USA can do it in November 2020, Atiku will do it in February 2023.
For many of them, it is about time the Northeastern axis of Nigeria produces a President for Nigeria, and in Atiku, the poor fatherless boy from the Adamawa, who over the years, rose from nothing to something and became an established businessman via hardwork and belief in himself, they have found a presidential material. For those who long after the unity of Nigeria, they have found a “wazobia” in Atiku and for that they want Atiku to be President of Nigeria in 2023.
For many that want to see a Nigeria that works for all Nigerians, they want a presidential material that will not be an incidental President; rather they want a prepared President, a President-in-waiting with a plan for Nigeria and for Nigerians, a President with a plan to lead Nigeria and every single Nigerian to prosperity; much of them have hence since pitched their tents with Atiku, staking on him based on his reservoir of experience and personal business successes. They have since been appealing to him to not fail Nigerians in the call on him to contest for Nigeria’s presidency, come 2023.
For the supporters of Atiku, the only person who will secure Nigeria and unite Nigeria and bring about the prosperity of Nigeria is the Northeastern “wazobia-minded” politician who was the nation’s Number Two citizen, who brought together the best federal cabinet the country ever had in its history since not just 1999 till date but since 1960 till date.
For the supporters of Atiku, their principal, Atiku Abubakar has already commenced consultation to contest for the presidency seat in 2023 the moment he went on any visit to any politician and for them it is, Atiku or nothing else, as President of Nigeria in 2023.
Indeed, there is no doubting that Atiku has supporters across the country in their tens of millions. For many of them, it is a call to restore “the Nigeria of our dreams” and Atiku is the answer.