|Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar|
Indeed, even the sickly President Muhammadu Buhari knew long time prior that the former Vice-President and one of the originators of All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is a man to keep an eye out for in the rising political computations, for 2019 presidential decision. What’s more, evidently mindful of his scaring political structures the country over, those with comparative tall desire have reliably constructed wedges on his way.
Be that as it may, put stock in him: Atiku has kept on strolling along the swirling, stormy political pathway.
A senior presidential helper as of late disclosed to THISDAY how at the beginning of the present organization— – in 2015, the previous Vice-President moved toward Buhari with ”a strong financial outline”— itemizing how the nation could quickly vindicated the stun of the fall of oil cost in the worldwide market—that has reliably debilitated the economy of Nigeria over the most recent one year. Oil represents around 95 for every penny of the country’s outside profit, and by augmentation, the livewire of the country’s economy.
Atiku was said to have exhaustively concocted an arrangement—how the organization could make a ”compitative market” that will pull in the huge outside speculation players into the nation—confirmations that their proposed billions of dollars interests in the nation would be spared.
Atiku’s economic blueprint, which contains detail policies and implementation strategies was handed over to the President. And President Muhammadu Buhari was initially pleased with the suggestion’’, the presidency source added.
But few weeks later, some political hawks around the president strongly advised him not to allow Atiku Abubakar to use his indirect means to bring into country his billions of dollars. The fear of these political hawks was that the former Vice-President will use the huge fund to fight him in the 2019 presidential election.
The affirmation of the source is that it was the dread of Atiku that constrained Buhari to embrace such exceptionally decimating financial approach.
Regardless of the dread of Atiku, numerous political experts said that the on-going political discussions and computations are indicating certainty the Adamawa conceived lawmaker will be a piece of the solid political decisions Nigerians would need to make in 2019.
Like the legislative leader of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-rufai noted as of late—in his angry proclamation, the previous Vice-President has since a long time ago began his presidential crusade, in front of the 2019.
Undoubtedly, over the most recent couple of months, Atiku has been an extraordinary visitor of numerous conspicuous government officials, conventional rulers, religious and persuasive gatherings the country over, in what an insider depicted as ”key political moves” to reactivate his political structures the nation over.
The insiders disclosed to THISDAY that effectively, some capable political powers and gatherings, including numerous followers of Senate President Bukola Saraki; previous Head of States General Ibrahim Babangida; Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, and gatherings of both previous and serving governors are in various mystery political discussions with Atiku, who is rumored to have walked into the fourth republic with tremendous measured amount of equitable qualifications.
THISDAY assembled that the estimation depends on the obvious signs that the debilitated President Buhari won’t re-challenge and the requirement for the center north to display an impressive applicant will’s identity satisfactory to the six geo-political zones, contemplating the consuming ethno-religious and political question in the nation.
For a large number of his devotees, Atiku has built up himself as a democrat instantly he exited people in general administration and turned into a political enthusiast recently Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, an acclaimed awesome political strategist that ruffled the nation like a storm.
His political history is incredible: a government official, specialist and altruist, he was conceived on November 25, 1946, and in the start of his national political vocation, filled in as the second chose Vice-President from 1999 to 2007— – under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Atiku worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for a long time, ascending to wind up distinctly the Deputy-Comptroller-General. He resigned in 1989 and took up full-time business and governmental issues. He kept running for the workplace of Governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991; and for the administration in 1993, coming third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the disbanded Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.
In 1998 he challenged and won the Governor of Adamawa State. And keeping in mind that still senator choose he was picked by the PDP Presidential competitor Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. They went into the decision and won in 1999.
As reported by history specialist, Atiku’s second term as Vice-President was described by a squally association with Obasanjo. His endeavor to succeed Obasanjo did not get the last’s support, and it took the judgment of the Supreme Court to permit him to challenge in 2007— – after he was at first excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission over an asserted money related offense by a “”ruined”” researching board set up by Obasanjo.
The peak court later requested the appointive commission to reestablish Atiku’s name onto the presidential vote and he kept running on the stage of the Action Congress, having stopped the PDP by virtue of his issues with Obasanjo. Expectedly, he lost the race, coming third after late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari of the then All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
As a ‘consummated’ businessman, Atiku is a co-founder of Intels— an oil adjusting business with far reaching operations the nation over and outside the nation. He is likewise the Man behind Adama Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), both in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.
Destined to a nomad Fulani dealer and rancher Garba Abubakar, the previous Vice-President was said to have begun in the land business amid his initial days as a Customs Officer. History has it that in 1974 he connected for and got a N31,000 credit to assemble his first house in Yola, which he set up for lease. From continues of the lease he was purportedly to have bought another plot, and constructed a moment house. He was said to have proceeded with that way, assembling an impressive scope of property in Yola.
Clearly exceptionally go-getting in venture, he was said to have later moved into horticulture, obtaining 2,500 hectares of land close Yola to begin a maize and cotton cultivate. The business fell on difficult circumstances and shut in 1986. “My first raid into farming, in the 1980s, finished in disappointment,” he was cited as saying.
Later wandering into exchanging, purchasing and offering truckloads of rice, flour and sugar, Atiku’s most imperative business move was to have come while he was a Customs Officer at the Apapa Ports. One Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian representative in Nigeria, was said to have welcomed him to set up Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a co-ordinations organization working inside the Ports. The individuals who know him exceptionally well said that NICOTES give enormous riches to Atiku.
Atiku’s first undertaking into governmental issues was in the mid 1980s, when he worked in the background on the governorship crusade of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who around then was overseeing executive of the Nigeria Ports Authority. He peddled for votes for the benefit of Tukur, and furthermore gave to the crusade. Towards the finish of his Customs profession, he met late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, who had been second-in-summon of the military government that ruled Nigeria in the vicinity of 1976 and 1979. Atiku was drawn by Yar’Adua into the political gatherings that were currently happening routinely in Yar’Adua’s Lagos home.
In 1989 Atiku was chosen a National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, the political affiliation drove by Yar’Adua, to take an interest in the move program started by Babangida.
Atiku won a seat to speak to his body electorate at the 1989 Constituent Assembly, set up to choose another constitution for Nigeria. The People’s Front was in the end denied enrollment by the administration (none of the gatherings that connected was enlisted), and found a place inside the Social Democratic Party, one of the two gatherings proclaimed into reality by the administration.
A number of his adherents have said time without numbers that a ”tried hand” like Atiku is clearly expected to arrange the best possible combination of the young people into the monetary standard.
‘’He is the highest individual employer of labour in Nigeria and a believer in excellence. The truth that cannot be dismissed is that among those jostling to convince Nigerians for their votes in 2019, only the Turaki has experience in job creation. This is the choice Nigerian must make in 2019 without sentiment and pandering to the propaganda of surrogates of past failures’’, one of his followers said.
‘’The fragility of our mutual existence as a country cannot be over exaggerated. As a matter of fact, the erosion of our cultural, religious and social commonalities is an ever constant feature of the past two decades.
‘’There is need to undertake enormous reintegration of all divergent groups into a united country. Nobody can do it better than Atiku. He is a proven man of immense conviction and political muscles to navigate us to the destination of unity.’’
The contention is that Buhari came at once he was expected to shorten the country’s float towards inordinate uncertainty and political agitation, and that Atiku is the man to fabricate the nation for the happiness and extravagance of all nationals of Nigeria.
Be that as it may, without a doubt, Atiku has Buhari’s posse and misleading Obasanjo to fight with.
culled from nigeriatoday