- Boladale Adekoya wants the PDP to make Atiku Abubakar its flagbearer in 2019 if the party is truly serious about defeating PDP
- Adekoya, an interbational analyst, believes Atiku is the only aspirant that has a national appeal
- He also recalls how Muhammadu Buhari won the primaries of the APC in 2014 ahead of the 2015 presidential election
An international public affairs analyst, Boladale Adekoya, has advised the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to do everything within their power to ensure the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election.
Adekoya said this in an interview saying if the PDP is serious about defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC), it should ensure that Atiku emerged its flagbearer.
In the interview published by Premium Times on Saturday, August 11, Adekoya said: “For an opposition to win in Nigeria, one of the most important factors is the efficacy of the candidate the party is presenting for election.
“For you to defeat a sitting president, you cannot afford to joke around. So the greatest test for the opposition is the presidential primaries. Once pragmatic politics is not considered over theoretical rhetoric, then they should kiss the election goodbye.
“In 2014 during the All Progressive Congress’ presidential primaries, Bola Tinubu played the greatest joker by insisting that the venue be moved to Lagos instead of the conventional Eagle Square in Abuja.
“If the primary was held in Abuja, Rabiu Kwankwaso would have won that election. By moving it to Lagos, Mr Tinubu was able to take charge of the delegates and secure most of them for Muhammadu Buhari.
“He is a pragmatic politician who understands quite well that, as an opposition then, you do not play the game with the template of the western world or refined politics as some put it.
“As at then APC needed the fanatic posture of Mr Buhari in the north to solidify the sentiment and narrative already established there. Mr Tinubu understood this and even though Mr Kwankwaso was much younger and without much blemish, so to speak, he was denied the ticket. What may be considered to be generally intelligent and right turns out most times to be hara-kiri in politics,” he said.
Concerning Atiku, the analyst stated the PDP stood a better chance if the former vice president was presented in 2019 due to his ability to speak to the conscience of all Nigerians and pose a receptive mind that the younger generation can relate to.
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"I understand that lots of horse-trading is expected to take place before the primaries but if the Peoples Democratic Party were to be strategic, they would use their best candidate.
"Atiku has an established nationwide political structure that if fused with the support of the opposition governors and leaders, the possibility of having victory is much higher than any of the other aspirants,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how former vice president Atiku Abubakar reacted to the defection of Senate president Bukola Saraki to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He tweeted: “I received the news that the Senate President, Senator @bukolasaraki, has resigned from the All Progressives Congress, with great joy.
“What the APC did to Senator Saraki is what they have also done to Nigeria as a nation. They have degraded our democracy and our economy.
“I therefore not only welcome @bukolasaraki’s resignation from the APC, I also urge him to go one step further and join the only party capable of enshrining genuine democracy in Nigeria as well as lasting economic progress."
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