Jonathan To Atiku On Presidential Ambition: Ignore Obasanjo At Your Own Peril!

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Nov 26, 2017 – Jonathan To Atiku: You Can’t Get PDP 2019 Presidential Ticket Unless You Beg Obasanjo

Ex-VP, Atiku has one more hurdle to cross in his secret deal with some stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, The nation can authoritatively report.

It was learnt yesterday that Jonathan said Atiku must beg or apologize to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to get the 2019 presidential ticket of the PDP on a platter of gold.

Although Obasanjo has quit partisan politics, Jonathan was of the opinion that “he is still a strong factor in shaping the future of the nation in 2019 because he is a force among the revered kingmakers.”

Former President Jonathan had in early November told the publisher of Ovation magazine in an interview that “If Atiku gets our party ticket, he would compete well. But he would have to reach out to our boss, Baba OBJ, the boss of all bosses. We’ve all learnt at different times that you ignore OBJ at your peril. OBJ has the magic wand. He is respected at home and abroad.”

It was however unclear if Atiku has either accepted the condition or opted to go it alone in seeking the presidential mandate of the PDP.

But some presidential aspirants in PDP were said not to be ready to step down for Atiku, whom Jonathan is working to the answer for.

The aspirants said they prefer to slug it out with Atiku during the presidential primaries.

The affected aspirants are ex-Governor Sule Lamido, ex-Minister Ibrahim Shekarau, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo and a former governor (now a Senator), who is expected to defect from APC to PDP.

The fate of the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi on the party’s 2019 ticket was hanging in the balance as at press time.

Findings by our correspondent revealed that the secret deal, which made Atiku to resign from the All Progressives Congress (APC), was comprehensive and targeted at the ex-VP securing the PDP presidential slot.

It was gathered that the package also borders on hijacking the party structure at the National Convention on December 9 to make Atiku’s choice as the PDP presidential candidate a reality.

Following lobbying by Jonathan, some founding fathers of PDP (including a few retired military officers), have been part of the latest course in PDP.

Investigation revealed that most governors of the PDP were said to have bought into the Atiku project in deference to Jonathan.

A top source, who was privy to the deal, said: “The unfolding script on Atiku’s return to PDP has the blessing of some founding fathers of PDP who are out to salvage the party. A major component is a likely waiver for the ex-VP to contest the party’s presidential primaries.

“So far, Atiku is complying with the secret accord for his return to PDP. A formal declaration in Yola is being expected either on Wednesday or December 6 as indicated in a tentative timetable.

“But in one of the negotiation shuttles with Atiku, ex-President Jonathan added a caveat that the former Vice President can comfortably secure PDP ticket and win the 2019 poll if he begs ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“We were all shocked by this condition because Obasanjo is no longer in partisan politics. But Jonathan said Obasanjo is an institution whose action or inaction could make or mar the electoral fortunes of Atiku.

“The former President also believes that Obasanjo may persuade any of the presidential aspirants to withdraw for Atiku after weighing all the indices. He said if Obasanjo could reconcile with him, he can also forgive Atiku.

“As a matter of fact, Jonathan cited cases of chairmanship aspirants in PDP travelling to Abeokuta to seek his blessing.

“We are expecting Atiku to comply with this proviso because we want to begin the media war (based on facts and figures) in earnest.

“Jonathan’s position on Obasanjo has been endorsed by some founding fathers of PDP, especially the military class which contrived the existence of the party.”

[Source: The Nation]

5 thoughts on “Jonathan To Atiku On Presidential Ambition: Ignore Obasanjo At Your Own Peril!

  1. You know OBJ will never support you so dont bother. Nothing is in your favour as far as presidency is concerned, so pls blow part of the looted funds in your possession

  2. This article clearly said that these junk politicians are all interested in themselves than the masses,fighting for their own personal gain. It pointed out that OBJ is still the brain behind the backwardness of Nigeria and in charge of mortgaging the whole nation to the Western World while the Hausa Fulanis are busy with their plan to Islamize Nigeria….No ray of hope except the youth will call on God to have the courage and revolt, THIS is a clear case of the so called (elites)political leaders and the whole masses,irrespective of where you come from. If the youths from other geopolitical zone will have the courage like IPOB,THEN there will be hope for Better Nigeria as it must be restructured or disintegrated.

  3. JONATHAN,SHOWERING ENCOMIUMS TO A CROOK,JUST BUHARI GAVE IMPRESSION THAT ABACHA DID NOT STEAL AND MAY BE IBB WAS ALSO A SAINT.WHY WOULD THESE THIEVES BE CROWNING THE NEXT COMMANDER IN C(T)HIEF.ATIKU MAY BE A FORMIDABLE FORCE BUT WHAT IS HIS TRACK RECORD OR WHAT IMPACT DID HE MAKE DURING OBJS TENURE AS NUMBER 2 MAN..DONT WE HAVE ANYONE AGAIN TO SALVAGE THE NATION.WE WONT ACHIEVE NOTHING WITH OLD LOST GUARDS.HOPE WE DONT EXPERIENCE ZIMBABWE KIND OF HURRIICANE.

  4. It is so sad considering the way we are thinking in Nigeria. That is why we cannot make any progress in this Country. Why should we even be discussing about Atiku and Co. when it is evident they cannot offer anything rather than revolving in old useless idea. Atiku does not have anything meaningful contribute to our polity. He needs to go and retire and give room to fresh brain who can take this Country to another level.

    Now, can anyone tells me what has Atiku done for this Country to deserve being nominated as a future President? there are lot of mishap going around, our brothers being killed on a daily basis through the Arabs desert, unemployment, starvation, insecurity and so on. Has there been anytime these people have come out publicly and share some of their view on how to solve some problems that have been plaguing this nation? instead they want go back there to finish looting our treasury. Atiku my foot.

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