John Odiegie-Oyegun, national chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has urged Atiku Abubakar to run in 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari will likely be running for re-election.
“For Vice President Atiku, at his age, it is either now or never because if President Buhari serves another, that will be eight years. Convention will have it that the Presidency may go south,” Oyegun said in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday.
‘’That’s another eight years. So, game over for Vice President Atiku. It is either now he makes this last throw of the dice or he will permanently forget the Presidency.”
Oyegun added that Abubakar’s exit from the APC was expected. He said it was obvious he would leave the party more than eighteen months ago.
‘’But why are people surprised that he left? I can’t understand it. More than 12, 18 months ago, it was clear that he would leave. The only doubt was when and how?” Oyegun said.
“So, it is something we knew has been coming. The Bennis say a pebble you see coming towards you shouldn’t blind you. So, why are we surprised?”
Abubakar, a former vice president of Nigeria, resigned his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, last month. He accused the party and government it formed of being ‘draconian’, among other things. On Sunday, Atiku announced his defection to the out-of-power Peoples Democratic Party, calling it a home-coming.
Atiku is one of the founders of the PDP.