Atiku is a diaspora politician, stays in Dubai until election year in Nigeria

A coalition of Atiku support groups based in Adamawa State has revealed why its members joined the nationwide protest urging former Vice President Atiku Abubakar not to run in the 2023 presidential election .

The coalition described Atiku as a diaspora politician who had lost touch with the current needs of the country; especially how to reunite the bitterly divided nation.

According to the groups, the post of Nigeria’s next president cannot be given to those who only run every election season.

Ahmadu Maunde, one of the coalition leaders, noted that Governor Samuel Ortom on February 6, 2022 raised the red flag for Atiku to discern what to expect in 2023.

Maunde said: “Governor Ortom had told Atiku that the people of Benue were not happy with him for abandoning them during their difficult times.

“The governor confronted Atiku with hard facts at Government House in Makurdi when he received the former vice president and his campaign team on a visit. ‘good but not the best.’ And I think that Nigeria now deserves the best.

With these reasons and other advances, Maunde claimed, “Atiku’s approval rating has dropped significantly, hence the need for him to take the back seat in 2023.”

“The challenges facing our country are huge, that’s why we don’t need a diaspora president in 2023. This man (Atiku) whom we have followed over the years, but unfortunately he give up for safe haven in Dubai after every election,” he added.

SaharaReporters had reported on Tuesday that ahead of the 2023 presidential election, a protest against the former vice president’s presidential aspiration erupted simultaneously on Monday in Lagos, Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau and Benue states.

The protesters were former groups supporting Atiku’s 2019 presidential bid, who said he should set aside ambitions to see the South East region emerge as Nigeria’s president in 2023.

“We for our part have been promoting the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for years, but we humbly call on the former Vice President to give us a good turn in exchange for the many good turns we have done for him. We have sacrificed a lot for the presidency of Atiku Abubakar all these years, even though we have been abandoned by him after every election cycle, it is time for him to project the national interest apart from his need to become president. At nearly 80 years old, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar does not have enough reserves to provide the high level of physical and mental effort required to repair Nigeria,” said Mohammed Garba and Abubakar Sanni.

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