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Atiku: Buhari’s government has abandoned me

Atiku: Buhari’s government has abandoned me
September 07
07:23 2017

Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, says the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has sidelined him despite his contributions to bringing it to power.‎

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According to Daily Trust, the former vice-president said this in an interview on the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA) on Wednesday.

Abubakar said he used his contacts and resources to help the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 presidential election.

“Honestly speaking, I’m still a member of the APC; I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved,” he was quoted as saying.

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“But sadly, soon after the formation of government; I was side-lined, I have no any relationship with the government, I’ve not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance. They used our money and influence to get to where they’re but three years down the lane, this is where we are.”

Abubakar’s outburst comes at the same time Aisha Alhassan, minister of women affairs, declared support for him to run for office in 2019.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC Hausa, Alhassan had described Abubakar as her godfather, saying she does not mind losing her job for supporting him.

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“Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics. And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019,” she had said.

“Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba just like you know I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather. If Atiku says he is going to contest.

“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed that is why… Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be sacked‎.”

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2 Comments

  1. DR YAKUBU MAFULLUL
    DR YAKUBU MAFULLUL September 07, 13:49

    I DONT KNOW THIS MAN, ATIKU IN PERSON. IF I DO, AND HAVE HIS EARS, I WOULD ADVISE HIM TO KNOW THAT HE IS NOW A STATESMAN IN NIGERIA, AND SHOULD DO THE HONORABLE, BY WITHDRAWING FROM POLITICS AND DOING SOMETHING MEANINGFUL, SUCH AS A CHARITABLE ENDEAVOR THAT BENEFITS OUR MASS OF CITIZENS. CONSTANTLY HOPING FROM ONE PARTY TO ANOTHER, IN HIS QUEST FOR PRESIDENT, ONLY DIMINISHES HIS STANDING AMONGST US COMPATRIOTS. WE NOW HEAR THAT HE IS LOOKING TO JOIN PDP, SOLELY TO BE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. AFTER WHAT HE HAD DONE TO PDP, AMOUNTING TO BETRAYAL? NIGERIAN POLITICS AND POLITICIANS ARE TRULY DREADFUL!!! SAD.

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  2. EASYMAN
    EASYMAN September 07, 16:26

    I MAKE REFERENCE TO THE STATEMENT YOU MADE IN 2015 DURING BUHARI’S CAMPAIGN. WHERE YOU GAVE REASONS FOR NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE CAMPAIGN.
    https://www.thecable.ng/atiku-blames-amaechi-missing-buhari-rallies

    SO HOW CAN YOU NOW CLAIM YOU WERE PART OF THE ELECTION PROCESSES, INCLUDING CAMPAIGNS UNTIL SUCCESS WAS ACHIEVED. THIS IS SURPRISING TO ME, THAT A MAN WHO WISHES TO BE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA WILL SAY SOMETHING TODAY AND ANOTHER THING TOMORROW. SO FULL OF LIES. WE WERE ALL FOLLOWING THE CAMPAIGN PROCESSES BACK IN 2015, YOU WERE NEVER THERE. YOU DIDN’T PARTICIPATE IN THE SUCCESS, NOW YOU WANT THEM TO GIVE YOU ATTENTION. HELL NO, YOU CAN’T EAT YOUR CAKE AND HAVE IT. WHO WORK NAI GO CHOP!!!

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