- The national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, says Atiku’s defection was no surprise to the party
- He states that there were signs that the former vice president will defect about 18 months ago
- According to him, it is either now Atiku makes this last throw of the dice or he will permanently forget the presidency
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, has said it is not possible for former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Oyegun made the statement on Sunday, December 3, in an interview with Vanguard newspaper.
The APC chieftain said Atiku’s defection from the ruling party was no surprise, adding that there were signs for almost 18 months that the former vice president will leave the party.
He said: “Did you say boiling up? All I can say is that I am totally amazed at the song and dance that the press is making of the departure of the former vice president, Atiku. We are not happy losing anybody, certainly not anybody of his status.
"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?
“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.
"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. 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?"
When reminded that Atiku has also vowed to beat the president in the 2019 contest, Oyegun said it was not possible.
Meanwhile, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has declared Atiku Abubakar the next president of Nigeria and expressed excitement at his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former vice president who resigned from the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) formally announced his return to the PDP via a Facebook live broadcast on Sunday, December 3.
Senator Bruce via his official twitter page said the PDP had planned a retirement package for President Muhammadu Buhari and referred to Atiku as the next president of Nigeria.
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