2019 Presidency: Five Reasons Atiku will beat Buhari silly

In this piece, Phrank Shaibu says Atiku Abubakar has all it takes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

This past week marked a turning point in the nation’s political history. It was Atiku Abubakar and all the news around his much-anticipated victory at the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which ended on Sunday in Port Harcourt. It is also the week that the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

As it is with any major happening in the nation’s political firmament, Atiku’s victory is the trending story on the internet since the midday of Sunday. His landslide victory has got everyone talking. The focus of this piece is therefore on why he is Nigeria’s next president.

Buhari’s dismal performance:
It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval rating has taken a plunge in the last three years that he has been in office, which informs the belief by political pundits that a run against the president in 2019 posses no political risk.

Indeed NOI Polls, the No 1 country specific polling services for Nigeria has returned a damning verdict on President Buhari’s stewardship, with the results of its poll showing that over the last three years the President’s job performance rating has taken a downward turn for the worse, plummeting from his highest rating of 78 percent and 80 percent recorded in September and October 2015, to 37 percent recorded in August 2016 and more recently 38 percent and 39 percent in the months of February and April 2018 respectively.

In more specific terms, the average approval rating of the president in 2018 stands below average at 39.6 percent; with his latest rating of May 2018 at 41 percent. He did poorly in all areas of assessment. So if 2018 holds the truth for 2019, a well grounded candidate like former Vice President Atiku can confront the president with possibility of electoral good show. 

Atiku’s intimidating track record:
There is no gainsaying the fact that Atiku Abubakar has been the most prepared Nigerian to steer the ship of state in the last decade. However he hasn’t been able to actualise his ambition because of the disposition of some detractors who feel threatened by the rich credentials that he brings to the table.

But this is understandable, because politics taint noble people. So it is with Atiku. After impacting our national life for four solid decades, his impeccable record speaks volume about his public spiritedness and his support for worthy causes.

At an age when many still prattled and sought relevance, Atiku bestrode Nigeria like a quintessential colossus, dishing out goodwill, service and altruism. These are undeniable. From his days as a top Customs man, through his attempt to fly the flag of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Atiku has gone through the drudgery of grassroots politics to etch his name as Governor-elect of Adamawa State in 1999. His crowning glory is as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.

The question remains, if he was not good, how has he been able to stamp a seal of excellence everywhere he went all these years?There is no lying that Atiku’s role as Vice President under President Olusegun Obasanjo has become a reference point on how deputies can be loyal yet effective. Except for cynics, Atiku’s intellect and contributions to the current debate for restructuring and fiscal federalism is incontrovertible.

Furthermore, governance is not about making pretences to integrity or about some shadowy fight against graft. It has little to do with age. It has more to do with competence, sensitivity and responsiveness to the plights of the governed. In and out of public offices, the Wazirin Adamawa exemplifies excellence. His mission, as contained in his acceptance speech in Port Harcourt has a huge trunk to do with making Nigeria a better place for all.

The emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was no happenstance. It is consistent with the resolve of members of the party to raise the bar in public service and put Nigeria back on the part of sustainable growth and development.

Restructuring and fiscal federalism:
About two years after his tough lecture on the state of the nation, tongues are still wagging. Many Nigerians believe that his standpoint on the vexed issues on restructuring and fiscal federalism are timely wake up call, and will form a major part of the issues that will shape campaigns for the nation’s  most coveted political position in 2019.

Being that a man of Atiku’s standing was the one canvassing for ‘resource control’ made a lot of difference within the context of power alignments. He has consistently argued that, Nigeria as currently constituted as an entity is rooted in corruption, impunity and injustice and thus must be reconstituted.

According to him, political and civic leaders from across the country must come together, discuss, negotiate and make the necessary compromises and sacrifices needed to restructure our federation to make the nation a stronger, more united, productive, and competitive country. His contention is that there is a flaw in the country’s constitution which was why there is a recurring cry of marginalization from every section of the country.

Atiku believes that no section of Nigeria can claim correctly that its people are better served by the current structure of our federation. He has since challenged those who against restructuring the country’s federal system as it currently stands, to show an example of countries that are functioning well with a structure such as Nigeria. Whatever one’s arguments are, restructuring will shape the way Nigerians will vote during the Nigeria’s next presidential election.

A robust manifesto:
Atiku Abubakar’s blueprint for Nigeria is by far his strongest weapon. The rich manifesto addresses all the challenges currently confronting the country. From defence and security, through job creation, education and infrastructure to poverty alleviation and power, no document from any presidential candidate in the history of Nigeria come close to Atiku’s manifesto in terms of concept, content and creativity.

To convince Nigerians he has the vision and the preparation to change the nearly hopeless situation and offer a better deal, Atiku has articulated an ambitious manifesto, arguably one of the most elaborate in Nigeria’s political history. The same edge is seen on the social media where the Wazirin Adamawa is a household name.

The import of this is that VP Atiku is by far more popular and more acceptable to the people than any politician seeking to be president in 2019.

Transitory memory of Nigerian voters:
Nigerians have a short fuse when it comes to showing understanding with leaders, especially when such leaders are not delivering on electoral promises. I recall how in 2011 former President Goodluck Jonathan was the darling of Nigerians across ethnic and religious divide. He won the 2011 elections with several millions of votes ahead of General Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare.

By 2015, this same Jonathan lost to Buhari and left the scene with so much hatred from the voting public. Buhari who had been rejected at the polls three consecutive times was elected.

A Buhari who had been roundly disdained as a bigot, a religious extremist, and an unsellable candidate became the toast of Nigerian voters.This time round, history is about to repeat itself with an Atiku victory at the general election in February. 

Phrank Shaibu, a public communication consultant writes from Abuja.

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34 Responses to 2019 Presidency: Five Reasons Atiku will beat Buhari silly

  1. Chuckudike B. Abraham October 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Nigeria is now Atikulated. ..Congratulations H E Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON). PDP Power. Nigerians are ready to rally behind you to get Nigeria working again

  2. Opiti Frank October 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    With Atiku Abubakar Nigerians are going to smile again

  3. Bajulaye Sunday October 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Well Atikulated points, even Buhari knows Atiku has an upper hand.

  4. Gerald Chigozie October 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Atiku Abubakar’s blueprint for Nigeria is by far his strongest weapon. Very true, his vision/agenda speaks to the present needs of people generally. I think Atiku has all it takes to defeat Buhari, infact it’s a 60/40 in favour of Atiku

  5. Grace Sonet Sunday October 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Congrats my able president 2019 by the grace of God, I will use my last breath to vote u.

  6. Tunji Olaniran October 8, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Atiku has many reasons why he will beat Buhari in the elections not only these five. We are waiting for 2019 to vote out Buhari, I just thank God PDP gifted us Atiku. God bless them

  7. Jamilu Umar October 8, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    We thank Allah for give us Atiku 2019

  8. Princess Isabella October 8, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Atiku is just what this country needs to be in the next great level. This is a great sign that God is still with Nigerians.

  9. Simeon Oguntuase October 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Congratulations your Excellency, to win you need to work harder. You have my vote sir

  10. Tajudeen Olawale October 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    We thanks God, we believe in Atiku, I am the youth leader in my area in Ogun state, I told all my people in the community that Atiku is our next president

  11. BN Ahmad October 8, 2018 at 1:43 pm


  12. Daniel Ohanele October 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    My own point is that presidential running mate should come from the west as to balance the ticket as it will be a tough and tight election. Hard lines PDP members like former Governor fayose or people like that should be looked for to join the ticket and election. Concentrate in the west for the running mate and real PDP members. Do not worry for running mate in the east this time. just listen and no mistake.

    • Nwosu success Ogechi Chisom October 8, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Why must it be the West?

  13. Oge Ifeanyi Gideon October 8, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Victory is yours come 2019

  14. Jacobswell October 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    This is the right time to make Nigeria great again. Atiku is the only one that can rebuild Nigeria again. ATIKULATED100%

  15. Calixtus Sixtus October 8, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Poverty, sorrow and hunger will disappear and lost if Atiku Abubakar will be the President of the federal republic of Nigeria

  16. Ismail Ibrahim October 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Congratulation for you’re successful primary election Alh. Atiku Abubakar my vote goes to u 2019 Insha Allah.

  17. Calixtus Sixtus October 8, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    The youth will never lack job..food ,security, job, and lot more will available to all the people of the federal republic of Nigeria… We also wish Atiku Abubakar will invest in entertainment in northeast Nigeria such as comedy’s, music ,movies and lot more.. Soulmatecomedy is not doing well in Adamawa state due lack of support but am sure if this faithful man win this election Soulmatecomedy will update on in Adamawa

  18. Malcolm October 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    It is a well-known fact that quite a few politicians of note owe their positions and relevance to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar or Triple A (AAA), as I would rather refer to him.
    Of all those who contested against Triple A in the just concluded PDP primaries and even the ones ruining the affairs of this nation, Triple A holds the singular distinction of haven proven his mettle in paid employment, business, educational endeavours, public service, politics etc. This is a fact that not even his most ardent critics can refute or contradict.
    Amongst the many points working in Triple A’s favour is his knowledgeability in the ills bedevilling the nation, his desire to be a part of the solution and his willingness to doggedly, perseveringly, tenaciously pursue his dream of making this country what it can be: a great nation, worthy of anyone and everyone’s respect, regards and fear.
    In recent memory, starting from Boni Haruna, el-Rufai, OBJ to PMB etcetera, several political neophytes have ridden to prominece and power on Triple A’s back, and many, if not all of them, have turned around to betray him in every and all ways.
    With Triple A’s emergence (finally) as the standard bearer of a major political party, the outlook for the nation has suddenly brightened, hope is renewed, tomorrow and the tunnel do not seem so dark anymore, and we are now imbued with the strength to hold out to 2019 when we can, working together for our betterment and a brighter future for our kids and grandkids, will trudge out enmass to kick out this hypocritical bunch, this pretenders to the throne, whose stewardship has been one of the worst blight on this nation’s psychè, economy and oneness.
    This is the one time that sitting on the fence is not an option, believing that the fight is someone else’s is not good enough. There is absolutely no room for procrastination, we all have one tool, one asset, one method and one way ONLY of achieving our collective aim of voting out incompetence, nepotism, hegemony, mismanagement, inefficiency, ineffectivenes and pretense( which Buhari’s APC has come to typify), and voting in hope, growth, competence, efficiency and togetherness. And this is by getting and protecting our PARMANENT VOTER’S CARD, which is our ticket to a New Nigeria.
    Go Get Your Permanent Voter’s Card, please.
    God bless Nigeria
    God bless our Next President
    God bless our Armed Forces
    And God bless the Citizens of this Great Nation

  19. Ibrahim October 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Yes, Comfirm that is it.
    Sai Baba Atiku sarakin/wazirin Adamawa for President 2019 Insha Allah

  20. Nwosu success Ogechi Chisom October 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Only if you will keep your head up sir; remain detribalized , separate religion and personal interests from National interests; only and only then shall you be able to deliver to Nigeria and Nigerians this simple but herculean task of rebuilding the broken city walls. Sir, you shall enshrine your name on golden wall when you do so. We are praying for you constantly, even before now. Gracias!

  21. osim osim October 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Nigerians can now smile again..
    We are with you 100%..
    Divine Mandate..
    A.A all the way 2019..👍

  22. Anieze chinyere October 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    His excellency A.A all the way 2019

  23. Oghenero Friday October 8, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    It A New Dawn For Nigeria, I Urge The PDP & The Incoming President His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar To Work Closely With The INEC,We Detest Any Form Of Rigging In The Coming General Election. Let Our Vote Counts. Sir, You Need To Work Hard Be A Rigging Neutralizer,democracy Rapist Catcher And A Rugged President Who Take No Chance. Your Victory Is Sure Come 2019. I Remain Atikulated God Bless Nigeria!

  24. Muktar October 9, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I’ve no doubt in Atiku’s ability to Win 2019 Presidential elections. I am also optimistic about his capacity to create a better Nigeria.
    The war is never won unill the final battle.
    A lot needs to be done.

  25. Mahmud Abdulkadir October 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I congratulate his excellency alhaji Atiku Abubakar for being a presidential candidate for the people Democratic Party our dear party, and I pray for him to succeed the current lasy president of Nigeria

  26. Peresine Watchman October 10, 2018 at 4:49 am

    You can view the post on http://www.nanprwire.com
    News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
    Atiku’s Victory in the PDP primaries confirms his general acceptability – Peresine Watchman.

    friday okwori
    OCTOBER 7, 2018 | 1 | 0 | AAMV
    The national co-ordinator, Atiku Abubakar Media Vanguard, Hon. Peresine Watchman at a press briefing after the official declaration of the victory of the Waziri Adamawa on Sunday, congratulated Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on behalf of members of AAMV on his well deserved victory.

    He stated that the landslide victory of the former Vice President at the People’s Democratic Party Convention in Port Harcourt was a clear evidence of his general acceptability and the finger of God for PDP to take over power from the ruling APC in 2019, to get Nigeria working again.

    Watchman said, “His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s victory is not only a victory for Atiku, his political family and PDP, but it’s a victory for Democracy and Nigerians. With Atiku as the PDP presidential candidate, Nigerians are sure of removing APC-led Federal government from power and live as one Nigeria.”

    “Nigerians should celebrate because a detribalized Leader who will bring peace and create wealth, build strong institutions and industries to employ the unemployed youths; who will fight against injustice and nepotism, tribalism and oppression, poverty and insecurity, and infrastructural decay have been elected the Presidential candidate of the greatest Party in Africa, PDP, which natured Nigeria’s Democracy to maturity and has the technical know-how to manage Nigeria’s economy, to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.”

    He says Atiku Abubakar Media Vanguard believes in the exemplary leadership style of Atiku. We believe that he is the most qualified and prepared political Leader in Nigeria to bring Nigerians out of “Egypt”.

    That is the reason we keyed into his 2019 presidential project last year and organized a national rally in Asaba, Delta State on March 17, 2018, to asked him to declare his intention to contest the 2019 presidential elections under the platform of PDP.

    We have concluded the first phase of the election with joy and victory songs. We are going to conclude the second phase of the elections with a triumphant dance steps, and Nigerians will never regret voting for Atiku in the 2019 general elections,” Peresine said.

    Hon. Peresine Watchman thanked the Chairman and members of the Convention Planning Committee for conducting a very transparent, free and fair primary elections.

    He also thanked the delegates for voting the most qualified and prepared presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to salvage PDP and Nigeria.

    He specifically thanked Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and his Bayelsa State counterpart, His Excellency Henry Seriake Dickson and all the delegates of Bayelsa and Delta States, respectively for voting massively for the preferred candidate of the Niger Deltans in particular and Nigerians in general.

    Peresine also thanked APCO and all genuine Atiku Support Groups like AAMV, which never relent in project and defending the reputation of the Waziri Adamawa on Social and print media, as well as canvassing and mobilizing grassroots support for the incoming President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

  27. ABIDOWO JACOB October 11, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    This is the time to get Nigeria working agian and the only man that can do it is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

  28. Desmond November 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    I stand with atiku

  29. Eno November 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Praying for u sir 4 vctory in this presidential election. U’ll win as president of Nigeria. My governor- Udom, will win AKWA IBOM

  30. GABRIEL ANINYEI November 28, 2018 at 8:43 am

    You have a killer manifesto. If you would dare to eschew sentiments, you will redeem Nigeria from what it has suddenly turned into under the inhumane APC, and also carve a niche for your very self, enlisting yourself alongside kwame Nkrumah, nelson Mandela, good luck Jonathan, e.t.c.

  31. Emmanuel Nwankpu December 24, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Abubakar Is Our Choice Come 2019

  32. olamide February 1, 2019 at 10:47 am

    atiku will be the next President of this country just make Sure sir you let us experience democracy and have passion on Nigeria soldiers

  33. Cyprian February 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Our choice is Atiku, the man of peace and integrity. But never forget to help Nigeria younth, Nigeria is now Atikulated.


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