29th November, 2010
Just a few weeks to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in which aÂ presidential aspirant would be picked by the party to contest the 2011 election,Â some civil society groups have warned Nigerians against former Vice President AtikuÂ Abubakar.
Alhaji Atiku was picked as the consensus candidate of the north among four otherÂ candidates by the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) headed by former MinisterÂ of Finance, Adamu Ciroma.
Since then, several groups have continued to caution Nigerians against the man theyÂ alleged does not have the pedigree to rule the country. They also contend thatÂ Alhaji Atiku lacks focus.
The Anti-Babangida Coalition has said it would do everything within its power toÂ frustrate the ambition of Atiku, adding that it would not allow a corrupt-mindedÂ person to lead the country.
According to the group led by Biodun Sowunmi, â€œthe decision of the NPLF to arrogateÂ to itself the right to determine who should aspire to rule us is condemnable. TheÂ idea of sectionalising candidates as done by the committee is a blow to our unity,Â but it also raises the issue of true federalism.
â€œThe choice of Atiku is worrisome. Our coalition warns Nigerians and all politicalÂ parties to be wary of presenting Atiku as a candidate in the next elections.
â€œAfter the embarrassment inflicted on Nigeria by the former Governor of Delta State,Â James Ibori, who lied to Nigerians and emerged governor in clear violation of ourÂ constitution, we wish to caution against the nomination of a presidential aspirantÂ who may have to face charges in the USA soon over the Siemens bribery and corruptionÂ scandal,â€ the group said adding that Atikuâ€™s emergence would be a huge risk to theÂ country.