A Bauchi-based politician, Dr Ibrahim Waziri, has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, lacked the qualities that would pose a challenge to President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 16 presidential election.
Waziri, while speaking with journalists on Thursday, said that although he had been a long standing ally of Atiku, said the candidate lost the chance to become president in 2003 when state governors begged him to contest against Olusegun Obasanjo and but he chickened out.
Waziri said on the strength of integrity, uprightness and focus, the PDP candidate’s shadow would fizzle out when matched with that of President Buhari whom he described as trustworthy person and humanitarian.
“I’ve known Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to be a struggling man. We started politics together at the late Shehu Yar’Adua house in Kaduna State, but it must be stressed that his chances of winning the February 16 2019 election are very slim because he lost the chance to become president during build up to Obasanjo’s second term in office when he had everything working for him.
“You know about 80 per cent of the state governors then begged him to contest against his boss. Even Obasanjo went on his knees begging him to ignore the temptation but chickened out and missed the opportunity. Since then it has been a huge task moving from one party to another in order to actualise that aspiration.
“So, against President Muhammadu Buhari on February 16, it is going to be a tough one, because he does not have that capacity, that pedigree and popular goodwill of the Nigerian electorate to contest against President Buhari, who has done very well over the last three and half years.” He said
Waziri questioned the claim by those who see Atiku as business man with the capacity to create employment opportunities and build the economy, stressing that Atiku has business interests but the question Nigerians have not asked him is, how did he get all his wealth?