Human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, has given reasons why former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, should resign from politics following the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
According to him, a combination of arrogance, inadequate human relationships, inability to manage the opposition, and several other lesser-known factors contributed to making Atiku’s lose in the 2023 polls.
Adeyanju, who made his view known in his New Year message, said if Atiku, who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, had managed the 2023 polls better, the results would have been different, and Nigeria would have a different president.
The activist berated Atiku for failing to work with the likes of Labour Party’s Peter Obi, New Nigeria People’s Party’s Rabiu Kwankwaso and Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike and the G5 which eventually paved the way for President Bola Tinubu’s victory.
To this end, Adeyanju said Atiku should realize he has done enough and should desist from nursing any idea about contesting the 2027 presidency, but instead be a mentor to younger politicians.
The message read, “For over three decades, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s name has appeared prominently in the Nigerian political lexicon and one cannot deny the fact that he has contributed a great deal in shaping the Nigerian democracy.
“From the aborted third republic down to the recently conducted 2023 general elections, Alhaji Atiku has played one role or the other in Nigerian politics, with varying results. However, it is now time for him to take a bow from politics and serve as a mentor for the younger generation of politicians.
“Keen observers of political issues in Nigeria will attest to the fact that year 2023 was Alhaji Abubakar’s best shot at the Nigerian Presidency. He had everything working in his favour. However, a combination of arrogance, inadequate human relationship, inability to manage the opposition, and several other lesser known factors contributed to his defeat in the polls.
“Abubakar was directly responsible for the division in the opposition that saw President Tinubu emerging with the slimmest victory margin in Nigeria’s recent democratic elections. He failed to support Peter or prevail on him to remain in the PDP, he failed to prevail on Kwankwaso to remain in the PDP, he picked unnecessary fight with the G5 PDP governors and invariably lost in woefully in areas that were hitherto traditional PDP bases.
“Had the G5, kwankwaso, Peter Obi and Atiku worked under one platform in the 2023 presidential election, we would have had a different president today. Sadly, that ship has sailed. It is for the aforementioned reasons that Abubakar must drop his intention to run in the 2027 presidential elections. He is not the only politician in Nigeria. He must give way for younger generation of politicians.”
Adeyanju further stated that the former Vice President should assume the role of “Moses and let history be the judge,” adding that the opposition must also find a way to work together to present a united front in 2027 through a younger.
Meanwhile, the former Spokesperson of the Obi/Datti presidential campaign council, Kenneth Okonkwo, has said Obi is the main opposition of the present administration and for the 2027 general elections.
Okonkwo said this on Tuesday during an interview on Arise News.
Recall that, in the fiercely contested presidential election held February 25, the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Bola Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress the winner of the 2023 presidential election after polling a total of 8,794,726 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar, who scored 6,984,520 to emerge second, while Peter Obi polled 6,101,533 votes to come distant third.