Kassim Afegbua, former campaign spokesman for ex vice president Atiku Abubakar has disclosed that his former boss should not be trusted with the people’s democratic party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 general election.
He said that the party cannot afford the mistake of 2019 when Atiku abandoned all his foot soldiers and sought refuge in faraway Dubai after he lost the presidential election. He wrote in a statement titled ‘PDP 2023: Atiku Abubakar lied’ which read “I read with dismay the statement credited to former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar where he boasted that he would always get the presidential ticket of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. At a time when the former Vice President should be working towards strengthening the structures of the party for more electoral victories, the only thing that bothers him is all about his selfish aspiration. It was only in 2019 that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar emerged as the candidate of the PDP at the PortHarcourt convention when it was decided by the Southern aspirants to allow an All-Northern aspirants to contest the primary election. the claim that “I will always get the ticket of the PDP, flies in the face of logic fact and reality. We cannot afford the mistake of 2019 when Alhaji Abubakar abandoned all his foot-soldiers and sought refuge in faraway Dubai. A true political General ought to secure his troops and return them to the barracks after the war to carry out critical assessment before knowing the next step. Rather than borrow a leaf from the Ukrainian President, Zelensky, who has been standing by his Ukrainian nationals, to the extent of carry AK-47 to the battlefront to secure his country from Russian invasion, Alhaji Abubakar ran away to Dubai and exposed all of us to the threats and intimidation of the monstrous APC in 2019. Such a leader cannot be trusted with the responsibility of representing our aggregate interest in the struggle for 2023. No amount of closed-door meetings with former leaders can change the oscillation of the political pendulum in 2023.
Afegbua noted that rather than his presidential ambition 2023 ,Atiku ‘should be thinking of how to support younger Nigerians from the south of the country to pursue the presidential aspiration of the opposition party’.