What’s with Atiku’s Dubai Trip?


Lead­er­ship of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and their sup­port­ers had a good time, feast­ing on the Dubai re­treat trip by the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and his team, even though their ob­ses­sion iron­i­cally gave them away as jit­tery. In fact, a for­mer gover­nor of La­gos State and one of the na­tional lead­ers of the party, Bola Tin­ubu came out dis­ap­point­ingly to say even if Atiku chose to strate­gise in the jun­gle, he would be de­feated in 2019 by their own can­di­date and in­cum­bent pres­i­dent, Muham­madu Buhari. Un­for­tu­nately, that too sounded de­featist and failed to show an in­tel­li­gent com­men­tary on the part of the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.

Iron­i­cally, Tin­ubu and co had for­got­ten that in 2015, they spent a lot of times in London, not just to strate­gise, but also to raise funds, a de­ci­sion no­body con­demned at the time. There is ab­so­lutely noth­ing to the Atiku Dubai trip ex­cept that it ex­poses the lack of ca­pac­ity on the part of the rul­ing party to con­struc­tively en­gage op­po­si­tion par­ties.

The APC is there­fore begin­ning to give it­self away as sim­ply wait­ing to ful­fill the ‘de­feat prophecy’ coming from dif­fer­ent quar­ters. The fix­a­tion on Atiku is a cheap dis­trac­tion that has no sub­stance to it or adds any value to where they cur­rent stand. They should be wor­ried be­cause they have more to lose.


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