- says Atiku’s desperation to become President led to bad blood between him and Obasanjo
By Ehi Ekhator
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has teased the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The party leader said the PDP candidate was never destined to be Nigeria’s President.
Oshiomhole mocked Atiku because Atiku’s aspiration was dashed on Saturday’s general election after the candidate of the APC, the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The former Edo State governor stated this on Thursday during a press conference in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
The APC Chairman could not wait to react after the announcement of the result, over a comment made by Atiku during the campaign that the future of Nigeria depend on his presidency.
Oshiomhole said “But I think it also borders on arrogance. For Atiku Abubakar to suggest that our future is tied to his presidency. Atiku is destined never to be President of Nigeria.”
Oshiomhole also took at swipe at Atiku’s defection to the PDP in order to contest for the No 1 seat of the nation, describing it as a “desperate bid to become the nation’s President”
The party Chairman said Atiku’s desperation as a Vice President led to the bad blood he had with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said “Atiku’s desperation is so obvious. He is so desperate that in 2003, he challenged his own boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo not to do a second term.
“He decamped to join (the defunct) Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). I was in ACN then, we offered him the ticket and he lost the election and returned to PDP.
“He contested again and lost the nomination and because he has only his interest at heart, he decamped again from PDP and returned to APC.
“He joined us in Lagos and rolled out the dollars, but we voted for Buhari as our candidate. He knew that he cannot defeat Buhari in the primary and went back to the PDP.
“Does he think that Nigerians are so insane as to think that a man who is not stable and whose interest is about himself will be a possible candidate to be elected at a time like this?” he questioned.
The attack came barely 24 hours after Atiku called a world press conference to reject the result announced by the INEC.
INEC had declared Buhari for poling a total vote of 15, 191,847 to defeat Atiku of the PDP with 11, 262, 978.