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“Atiku to lead opposition coalition against Tinubu for 2027 elections” | Headline News


• Bwala: Tinubu will spend eight years if the opposition fails to form a coalition government.
• Why Atiku should quit politics – Adeyanju
• Obi spokesperson knocks PDP, Wike

Seven months into President Bola Tinubu's four-year term, political associates of Abubakar Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, have confirmed that the former vice president will continue to serve in 2027. He said Bola Tinubu would be re-elected. A coalition of political parties will contest the next general election to challenge President Tinubu.

The disclosure was made yesterday by the spokesperson of the 2023 Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Daniel Bwala, during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

Asked if the PDP could unite to form a strong opposition party in 2027, Bwala said: “The fact is that there will be a very strong coalition of parties. This is a fact that I know, so I don't want to go into details.”

He added that future coalition governments will swallow up some of the elements that are causing problems for many political parties.

He said the president's term would be eight years if the opposition fails to form a coalition for the 2027 general election.

He also referred to the political crisis facing the Labor Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), accusing Mr Tinubu of instigating the crisis in the opposition parties.

“If you want to remove Tinubu from power, you have to work for 23 hours and 50 minutes. You only get 10 minutes of sleep. The 10 minutes you have to sleep is the time Tinubu is sleeping.

“Look at what he is doing as a strategic move. If you look at his antecedents in Lagos, after he took over the government, he sought to destroy or weaken the opposition. See what's happening.

“Some elements of the NNPP have come out and said they have suspended the presidential candidate. In ‘Labor’ you see what the Apapa group has done. They will never let anyone rest. In the PDP, we have seen some factors: He (Tinubu) will ensure that all political parties continue to have problems.

“But once there is a coalition of political parties, some of the people who are causing headaches within the parties will be swallowed up. For example, if PDP solves the Nyesom Wike problem, then all the problems has been resolved,” Bwala said.

He added that despite previous unsuccessful attempts to hold Nigeria's top job, Atiku is certain to contest the presidential race again in the subsequent general elections.

“For sure, he (Atiku) will run. He has the ability, he has the wisdom, he has the knowledge, he has the energy. And he is a president like we have never had before,” Bwala said. Told.

However, human rights activist Deji Adeyanju has given reasons why Atiku should resign from politics following the results of the 2023 presidential election. According to him, his arrogance, inappropriate relationships, inability to manage the opposition and several other lesser-known factors will combine to defeat Atiku in the 2023 polls. This is said to be one of the reasons.

Mr Adeyanju, who made his views clear in his New Year message, said if Mr Atiku, who ran on the platform of the PDP, had managed the 2023 polls better, the result would have been different and Nigeria should have another president. said that it would have been born.

He accused Atiku of failing to coordinate with Peter Obi of the LP, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP, Minister Wike of the Federal Capital Territory, and G5 governors, which resulted in President Tinubu's He paved the way to victory.

To this end, Mr. Adeyanju said Mr. Atiku has realized that he has done enough and has ceased to entertain any thoughts of running for president in 2027 and has instead become a leader of young politicians. He said it should be.

The message read: “For over 30 years, Atiku’s name has featured prominently in Nigeria’s political lexicon and there is no denying the fact that he has contributed immensely to shaping Nigeria’s democracy.

“From the aborted Third Republic to the recently held 2023 general elections, Atiku has played some role in Nigerian politics, with mixed results. But now is the time for him to step out of politics. Now is the time to step up and play a role as a mentor to the younger generation of politicians.”

Meanwhile, the Obi/Dutti Presidential Electoral Council spokesperson, Kenneth Okonkwo, said Obi is the main opposition party to the current government and the 2027 general elections.

In the fierce presidential election held on February 25, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) elected Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the 2023 presidential election, defeating him with a total of 8,794,726 votes. Remember, I declared myself the winner of . His closest rival Atiku came in second place with 6,984,520 votes while Obi came a distant third with 6,101,533 votes.

Obi recently said the party would continue to adapt to its “new role as the country's main opposition party.” According to Obi, the LP will remain firmly opposed and vigilant against the ruling APC to protect the interests of Nigerians.

Mr Okonkwo, who appeared on Arise News to reiterate Mr Obi's claims, said the LP is the only opposition party with a strong platform for the 2023 general elections, with a 25% majority in all six geopolitical zones. He said that considering his victory, he has strengthened his position as an opposition party. Main opposition party.

“Going back to my campaign days, I remember that Peter Obi, although he did a terrible job, was the only one to create a seven-point agenda that all other political parties copied. You may remember that he came forward as a candidate and defended his policies, including security and national unity.

“Aside from knowing exactly what he wanted, he had the right skills, abilities and character to develop that other candidates lacked.

“That is why he is now saying we are the largest opposition party. Therefore, he has earned the acclaim as the main leader of the opposition. And as Nigeria realizes the dream of a new nation through him, He says he does it effectively.

Mr. Okonkwo also slammed the FCT minister who took office under the APC-led government. He said Wike's actions were a sign that the PDP, to which the minister belonged, was no longer relevant in Nigerian politics.

“PDP’s presidential candidate (Mr. Wike) was the first runner-up in the party’s presidential primaries and the same person who vowed not to leave the party at all costs is now in the APC cabinet. I believe it was absorbed into APC.”

Source: guardian.ng

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