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4 Good Reasons Why Buhari May Clash With Atiku In Nigeria’s Presidential Election In 2019

* President Muhammadu Buhari is piloting the affairs of Nigeria for the second time after first leading the nation as a military ruler between December, 1983 and August, 1985 before he was ousted in a palace military coup 

* Northern Nigerian born military men and politicians alike have ruled the country more than any other region, as they hold the mentality that they were born to rule! 

* Power is sweet as they say and this may not be unconnected with some whisperings and possibly loud voices yearning for former vice president Atiku Abubakar to throw his hat into the ring come the main election in 2019

Politics is filled with landmines and unseen circumstances that could lead a green horn to go to political oblivion and obscurity very early. More so, one of the key words in democracy is “political subterfuge.”

Buhari and Atiku
President Muhammadu Buhari in a warm handshake with former vice president Atiku Abubakar

It is always very difficult often times to determine where the pendulum will swing to when it comes to political predictions. As they say, 2+2 is not equal to 4 in politics. 

Some adherent supporters of incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari are saying, come rain, come sunshine, he is the only one they want to return in three years from this year. On the other hand, die-hard followings of Atiku Abubakar are saying he is the only one who can remove Nigeria from its current economic quagmire. 

A recent online report even stated that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has started drumming support for the “Turakin Adamawa.”

Below are the four issues that could bring up a Buhari Vs Atiku contest in 2019:

1. Voices of supporters 

Fans of both Buhari and Atiku will never relent at telling both men they need to contest. In addition, these two political heavyweights will want to listen to these voices. 

2. Power is enticing 

According to some former personal advisers of past presidents and Heads of State who have tasted power, they said serving a single tenure is never in the dictionary of any leader. They cited former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who wanted a third term tenure as well as Dr Goodluck Jonathan who wanted to return after saying initially he will serve a single term. 

3. Atiku’s unending urge to lead Nigeria 

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar who clocked 70 years on planet earth on Friday, November 25 has never hidden his uncommon zeal to rule the nation. It should be recalled he started his mission since early 1990s when he contested as one of the presidential candidates during the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries where he came third behind Chief MKO Abiola and Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. 

In addition, when he finished serving his eight years as vice president in 2007, he contested again but lost also. He has tried his luck severally, yet he hasn’t hit the bull’s eye!

4. Dominance over others 

A politician is only relevant when he controls the political structures of his party. This is best done when he leads as a governor in a state or rules as the number one citizen in the country. 

For instance, there is no dispute to the fact that president Muhammadu Buhari controls the All Progressives Congress (APC) machineries whether someone agrees or disagrees. Likewise he is the most important person in Nigeria.

Due to this, Atiku will still want to try if he could hit the jackpot as he will be so much interested in controlling the political structures of the APC. 

Time will eventually tell at the end of the day who will lead the country in 2019.


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