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Adeyanju calls on Atiku to quit politics, says Wike, Kwankwaso and Obi's beliefs made Tinubu president

Abuja-based rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, has charged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to quit politics and mentor young politicians.

He said Bola Tinubu became the President of Nigeria due to Atiku's insistence that he run for president in 2023.

In his New Year message, Mr Adeyanju said Mr Atiku's rejection had led to the belief of Mr Peter Obi of the Labor Party, Mr Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party and Mr Nyesom Wike, the FCT Minister, that Mr Tinubu would win. He said it helped pave the way for him.

The message reads: “For over three decades, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s name has figured prominently in Nigeria’s political lexicon and there is no denying the fact that he has contributed immensely to the formation of democracy in Nigeria.

“From the aborted Third Republic to the recently held 2023 general elections, Alhaji Atiku has played some role in Nigerian politics with mixed results. The time has come to step back and serve as a mentor to the younger generation of politicians.

“Avid observers of Nigerian political affairs will attest to the fact that 2023 was Alhaji Abubakar’s best chance as President of Nigeria. However, arrogance, inappropriate relationships, inability to manage the opposition, and several other lesser-known factors contributed to his defeat at the polls.

“Mr Abubakar was directly responsible for the division within the opposition party that emerged with President Tinubu’s narrow margin of victory in Nigeria’s recent democratic elections. It was also unable to keep Kwankwaso in the PDP, picking up unnecessary fights with the G5 PDP governors and always suffering disastrous defeats in areas that had traditionally been PDP strongholds.

“If the G5, Kwankwaso, Peter Obi and Atiku had operated on the same platform in the 2023 presidential election, we would have had a different president now. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed. For the aforementioned reasons, Abubakar must withdraw his intention to run for president in 2027. He is not the only politician in Nigeria. He must make way for the younger generation of politicians. It must be done.”

He appealed to Atiku to unite the opposition and give credit to the young politician for becoming Nigeria's president.

Adeyanju said the former vice president should “take on the role of Moses and let history be the judge,” adding that opposition parties must also find ways to work together to present a united front in 2027 through young candidates. he added.


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