By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – A former chieftain and member of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Sam Nkire has said that with the candidature of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidential election, the game was now over for President Muhammadu Buhari and his party.
Former vice-President Atiku Abubakar speaks during the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 6, 2018.
Nigeria’s main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has picked Abubakar to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second term in presidential polls scheduled for February 2019. / AFP PHOTO /
Nkire, a close ally of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso also congratulated Atiku on his emergence as the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP for 2019.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, the former APC chieftain who had since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said that the wide gap between Atiku and his closest rival, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal in the PDP primary election in Port Harcourt on Sunday was an indication of the huge acceptance he had in the party.
Nkire who hails from Abia State further said that Atiku’s emergence as PDP’S flag-bearer, without doubt, had in the last 48 hours had an effervescent effect on the political climate of the world’s largest black nation.
He said: “With Atiku stepping into the ring, there is no need telling the APC that the game is up and that it is time to stop, park and go.
“Atiku is one of the few capable leaders Nigeria has been waiting for. Atiku is focused and courageous and has got a plan in his hands”.
Nkire added that the 2019 general election was a foretold political debacle APC could not escape, given the degree of its betrayal of public trust, inability to protect lives and property; and its misuse of public institutions such as the INEC, the military and the police, for the single purpose of keeping itself in power.
He said he was confident that a “President Atiku Abubakar” would not make the same mistake President Muhammadu Buhari made by declaring all those who contested against him, political enemies.Related