2019: Buhari a soft target for Atiku – Group

2019: Buhari a soft target for Atiku – Group
April 15 15:05 2018 Print This Article

By Bologi M. Maikudi

A group of young Nigerian politicians under the 2019 Campaign Platform called Atiku for President (AFP) has welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of interest in the 2019 presidential election, saying it is the best news the Atiku camp has been hoping for.

“The group, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Uchele Oguche, expressed surprise that despite the growing unpopularity of the President, the ruling party is still trying to put him forward for re-election.

“While the President is constitutionally entitled to a second term in office, we are however taken aback that going by his failure to carryout the simplest of all tasks and the unprecedented division, along all the fault lines, that he has brought upon the nation, he seems to be the best his party is still trying to push forward. We expected the ruling party to look inwards and bring a fresh person who will not be carrying the baggage of the failure of the last three years and who can at least give Atiku a run for his money at the polls,” the group said.

Calling on Nigerians to get on the back of Atiku who alone has the magic wand, expertise, experience and large heart to salvage the nation come 2019, it argued that the Waziri Adamawa represents every good thing lacking in the present administration.

“One, never before in the history of this nation have we recorded the number of job losses witnessed in the last three years and this is because the people running our lives have no experience in job creation and no workable template for youth empowerment. Atiku, with his background as a globally-renowned entrepreneur, youth-friendly advocate and philanthropist is the answer.

Two, while the present administration has been mentioned too many times as being run by nepotic and narrow-minded people, Atiku is that man who on account of his large-heartedness and cross-national family/marriage ties, feels the pain of the Igbo spare parts dealer in Nnewi, understands the plight of the Ijaw fisherman in Nembe, identifies with the aspirations and fears of Fulani youths in Dutsinma and imagines the trials and tribulations the cocoa farmer in Owo is facing.

Three, while this administration struggled for six months to look for ministers and ended up appointing people who can’t be said to be among the country’s ‘Best Eleven’ and whose performance has been dismal at best, Atiku is a world-class talent hunter who will not waste time to appoint credible Nigerian professionals to join him in repositioning the economy,” the statement read in part.

The group noted that the present administration has failed in its own core areas of interest – economy, anti-corruption and security and left the youths disillusioned and frustrated and even more angry that the president wants to continue for another four years.

The group also called on the People Democratic Party (PDP) leaders to consider rallying round Atiku and make him the party’s flag bearer for the 2019 polls “because he is everything Nigerian youths are waiting for to dislodge the unproductive status quo.”

The supporters also urged Atiku “to take advantage of Buhari’s declaration to step up his Presidential bid, adding that there is no way Nigerian youths, who make up the bulk of the voting population will ignore him and vote for the continuity of the present failure.”

The group said in the press statement that it has a self-imposed mandate to mobilize at least 4 million youths with voters’ cards to vote for Atiku in the 2019 election.

“Our core mandate is to mobilize 2 million Nigerian youths with Permanent Voters’ Cards who also have the capacity to mobilize at least one friend or relative with PVCs to vote for Atiku in the 2019 Presidential election.

We are a group of like-minded young, vibrant, cerebral and articulate grassroots politicians. We have established formidable structures in all the 8810 wards, 774 local government areas and 36 states of the federation as well as Abuja for the purpose of advancing the Atiku presidential cause,” the statement concluded.