Breaking: Atiku can say goodbye to his Ill-fated presidential bid – APC reacts to PDP crisis

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) crisis (PDP).
The turbulence in the party was said to have started after its presidential primaries, which produced Atiku Abubakar as the party’s flag bearer.
Things took a turn for the worse after Atiku chose Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate, and Rivers state governor, Nyesome Wike, who was a contender for the presidential candidacy, demanded that the party’s chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, resign from his position for peace to reign in the party.

Wike also claimed that Ayu promised to resign if the party’s presidential candidate was a northerner but failed to keep his word.
After a tense meeting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, members of the Wike Group withdrew from the Atiku Presidential Campaign, insisting that Ayu resign.

Wike proceeded to make various allegations against Atiku and Ayu in a media meeting on Friday, spilling various secrets and publicly washing the party’s dirty linen.

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In response to the turmoil, Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, stated that Atiku’s presidential ambition has ended.

“Once again, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s bid for the presidency of our country is slipping away,” he wrote. This is unfolding before our very eyes, even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) calls the electioneering campaign to
a halt.
His Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in shambles. The signs are simply too ominous for the Waziri, with the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another thrashing in the upcoming polls.”

Onanuga chastised Atiku for failing to follow the zoning principle, saying he is now facing karma.

He stated that the party war, which is the result of a fight to the finish from Wike’s faction, has killed any momentum Atiku has built ahead of the election.

He claimed that members of the party have already lost faith in the PDP, which he claims is on the verge of disappearing from the political scene.
“A pillar of Atiku’s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist. That bogus claim has now been discredited, even within his party as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity.

“Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop, he has rebuffed them, pleading that he could not grant their request for justice.

“Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members, who cannot forge an entente among them, cannot be expected to unify our country. Instead of being a unifier, Atiku is now a divider-in-chief, he added.

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The APC stalwart condemned the PDP flagbearer’s campaign program, insisting that all he was proposing has already being implemented by the APC.
Furthermore, Onanuga stated that Atiku created the crisis by promoting the narrative that only northern candidates can win the presidency for his party, despite the fact that southerners can win the election when they network with their northern counterparts.

“Former leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999, 2003, and 2011,” he wrote.

“As a campaign, we can only feel sorry for former Vice President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he brought upon himself.” In one of his classic novels, Arrow of God, Chinua Achebe wrote that a man who brought ant-infested faggots into the homestead should not complain when lizards begin to visit him.
“Atiku brought this on himself, and we dare to say he can kiss his doomed presidential campaign goodbye.”

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