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When Will Atiku Quit Active Politics?

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By Edwin E. Uhara
Immediately I heard that Nigeria's former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar has gone back to eat the food from the same pot he had rejected,

my first reaction was 'This is politics, where there is no permanent

enemy and friend, but, what is constantly permanent is interestâ€! If not

politics of 'permanent interestâ€, how can one explain the unfathomable

rationality behind the decision by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to go back to

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu-controlled All Progressives Congress (APC),

looking at what the later did to him during and after the 2007

Presidential Election, when he took political refuge in the tent of the

defunct Action Congress (AC), while running away from a persecuting boss

in the PDP!
Honestly speaking, it was Alhaji Atiku that made the then AC a national

party when he moved his remaining political associates in all the

political parties including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All

Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD) where

Senator Bola Tinubu, then Governor of Lagos State was the only AD

Governor that survived former President Olusengun Obasanjo's clampdown

on the party's dominance in  the South West Geo-Political Zone in the

2003 General Elections! Some commentators were of the view that, Chief

Obasanjo decided to clampdown on the dominance of AD in the South West

region, because he wanted to prove a point to his political benefactors

who accused him of outright rejection by his people in the 1999 General

Elections, but, only to ride on their back to power in the said election

year. So, based on that reality coupled with the atmosphere of

uncertainties hanging over the their political future in

the 2007 General Elections, there was a compelling need for Tinubu, being

the remaining AD Governor and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar cum the retinue of

his supporters in PDP who were denied registration during the 2006 PDP

membership revalidation and registration exercise to find a new political

home! At the beginning, their new political party was named the Advanced

Congress of Democrats (ACD)! But, when the factions of the various

political parties in the country joined the alliance, the name of the

party changed to Action Congress (AC).
Even when the formation of AC was greatly influenced by Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar, it was the same Atiku that popularized the party across the

lengths and breaths of the country. In fact, I remember in 2007 when I was

contacted by the party's governorship candidate in Enugu State, Chief

Dubem Onyia to mobilize youths and students of tertiary institutions in

Enugu State to Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, so as to welcome

Atiku Abubakar who was coming to the state for his Presidential Campaign!

At the campaign rally which took place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium

Enugu, Senator Tinubu was never among those on Atiku's campaign train,

rather, it was Atiku and his running mate, Senator Ben Obi, former PDP

National Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, former Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Chief Tom Ikimi among other notable politicians that graced the Enugu

rally and the subsequent ones I personally monitored during the 2007

Presidential Election. Why some of us
supported Atiku then, was because we felt that, he was unjustly

persecuted by his boss! But, since he has failed to understand, that,

there is a time for everything under the sun and have decided to go

against this unchanging law of nature, which is binding on every

creation, and have also decided to challenge the Biblical 'David of our

timeâ€, which is President Good Luck Ebele Jonathan, some of us are

beginning to question the rationale behind his unflinching avarice for

power or in the words of Simon Kolawole of Cable Newspaper, his

'…Eternal Obsession with Aso Rockâ€.
To cut the whole story short, some of us are aware of what transpired

between Atiku and Tinubu during the 2007 Presidential Election; and how

Atiku became the lame duck of the Action Congress (AC) after the General

Elections, just because he could not install an AC governor in his home

state of Adamawa and the then outgoing governor of Lagos State Senator

Bola Ahmed Tinubu was able to install his then Chief of Staff, Babatunde

Raji Fashola as the governor of Lagos State.  Tinubu and his loyalists

including Alhaji Lai Mohammed who once described Alhaji Atiku as the

'Bulwark of Nigerian Democracy†decided to sideline him in the party

where nobody heard anything from him until he tendered his resignation

letter and joined the ruling PDP. So, because of Atiku's inexplicable

quest for power, he decided to return to his former party, the ruling

People's Democratic Party (PDP) where his political wings were clipped

by President Good Luck Ebele Jonathan
at the party's primary. (This Jonathan dey toughooo)! Also, because of

the intimidating mass appeal President Good Luck Jonathan still enjoys in

the PDP and in Nigeria at large, Atiku decided to c