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  • Updated: March 28, 2023

OPINION: Why Atiku Abubakar Is The Greatest Loser of Ayu Stepping Down

OPINION: Why Atiku Abubakar Is The Greatest Loser of Ayu Ste

Atiku Abubakar

The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has stepped aside as the party’s chairman. It is safe to say that the development is too late and has made the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, the greatest loser of the power game.

All the G5 governors wanted was for Ayu to step down to balance the ethnic politics in the party.

They framed it as equity, justice and fairness.

Wike and his team did not get their bites and ultimately did not allow the party’s flag bearer and Ayu's bankroller, Atiku Abubakar to get his wishes in their respective capacities.

A presidential election is a quadrennial event, meaning there won’t be a repeat of the presidential election until 2027.

The G5 were adamant, they observed quarantine towards Atiku’s campaign, and he lost the election.

Ayu is a winner

Iyorchia Ayu displayed resilience and enjoyed the heat of the moment.

Besides, he had nothing to lose. His political popularity was dwindling even before the election.

Nobody will want to lose the grips of their prime source of national relevance.

Ayu did not only pioneer the presidential election fight but also overpowered Wike and the G5 governors.

He will continue to challenge his suspension, giving him a slice of hope that he could still retain his seat.

Without a doubt, he could even conclude that his party fought a good fight without the disgruntled party members at the presidential election.

The G5 governors should be on top of the moon now.

In less than six months, all the G5 governors hoped for have metamorphosed in front of their eyes.

Their party’s presidential candidate could not win without them, and Ayu, the thorn in their flesh, eventually stepped aside as the national chairman and threw the towel.

According to many unsolicited sources, members of the G5, such as Samuel Ortom and Okezie Ikpeazu lost their Senatorial bids following their abysmal performances in the State.

Many even believe they would not have won even if they had endorsed Atiku.

The road trip of the G5 is partially fruitful and better than that of one man we will be discussing next.

Things fall appart for Atiku

Defeating an incumbent government is more manageable than filing the basket.

It takes strategies, above all, luck and alliances. Atiku had chances on his side. The ruling party, APC, had just implemented the most unfriendly policy (naira redesign) a few weeks before the election.

Not only that, all of a sudden, fuel became unofficially scarce and expensive, and many Nigerians lost the forlorn hope that they might have kept in the All Progressives Congress.

Atiku’s strategy was also workable. He had gone for a Christian running mate when the APC had paraded a same-based ticket.

There was also a Peter Obi who would likely destroy Bola Tinubu’s chances in the South.

All Atiku Abubakar had to do was ask Iyorchia Ayu to step aside, and would have had five powerful governors on his side.

But he didn’t want to be seen as a baby politician that some governors whose importance is questionable will be controlling.

He listened to what other power jobbers told him that no one would consider voting for the APC. 

He went for the most destructive choice and lost the election.

Three weeks later, the man that cost him lose five governors and more than fifty powerful grassroots politicians and mobilisers has just stepped aside from the same role.

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