September 29, 2009

Atiku, Tinubu, Kalu in fresh romance

By Emmanuel Aziken
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and two of his estranged political associates Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and  Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu are mending fences towards reinvigorating the political opposition in the country.

The trio, according to reliable sources, would be meeting on Atiku’s return to the country this weekend, to redefine the role of the opposition in the country.

The trio had quietly parted ways before the 2007 general election on account of their disperate  ideas on the presidential election.

While Tinubu and Atiku forged an alliance that crystallised in the formation of the Action Congress (AC), Kalu reportedly pulled out of the tentative political arrangement to form his Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA).

At the peak of their differences early last year, Atiku had chastised the former Abia State governor, Kalu,  as a perpetual liar and a political liability who he would not be proud to be associated with. The tirade was on account of Kalu’s criticism of Atiku’s controversial reconciliation with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Atiku had also separately fallen out with former governor Tinubu over the latter’s quest to push AC into the government of national unity conceived by President Umaru Yar‘Adua.

However, sources close to the three political leaders were yesterday speaking different tunes saying that all three men were now on the same wavelength on the issue of reconciliation.

“You know nothing is impossible in politics and there is some inclination towards a meeting and I can confirm that.’’

Contrary to speculations of a meeting tomorrow, it was learnt that a meeting may not be earlier than this weekend on account of Atiku’s absence from the country. The former Vice-President is not expected back in the country until this weekend.