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Things Atiku’s defections have in common with Buhari

By Charles Kumolu

WHILE it would not be wrong to describe former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as a serial defector, profiling him as the only person, who had criss-crossed parties in the quest for the presidency could be termed fallacious.

Even with his latest move yesterday, which was the third in its series, Atiku is not alone on this road. In fact, it is a path widely taken by most Nigerian politicians.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,

Instructively, his dumping of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, was not a novel action by a presidential aspirant in Nigeria, as President Muhammadu Buhari had also taken that route in the past.

Consider this: President Buhari contested in 2003 on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and did same as the standard-bearer of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in 2007.

In 2011, Buhari ran on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, while his fourth attempt was as the candidate of the APC.

Buhari had in his third attempt said he would never run for the presidency again at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, but reneged on that to contest four years later.

Like the President, Atiku, who had vied for the presidency on the platform of Action Congress, AC, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and APC, vowed that APC was his last bust stop in 2015.

Atiku, who is likely to contest for the presidency again on the platform of a different party, said this in Lagos at an event that was covered by this reporter.

Vanguard had published the story on March 19, 2015, with the headline: ‘’Atiku says: I’m not going back to PDP.’’


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