Former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole explained yesterday why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not be able to retake power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) next year.
He characterized the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as a serial betrayer who cannot be trusted and is the weakest of all the frontline flagbearers.
On Channels Television’s Politics Today, Oshiomhole, deputy director-general of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council appeared before Channels political anchor Shehu and discussed the PDP’s limitations and constraints.
According to Oshiomhole, Atiku is the “weakest link right now” among the three leading candidates. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the ruling APC and Peter Obi of the Labour Party are the other candidates (LP).
Adams Oshiomhole said Atiku lacked consistency after switching from the PDP to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), then back to the PDP and the APC before returning to the PDP.
He said, “For Atiku if he is not the candidate, he takes a flight to Dubai. But you are talking of someone who upon leaving office, supported his wife rather than himself, talk of selfless service and gender equality.
“It speaks to character. When you have a sense of belief, you cannot be jumping from one party to the other every other election.”
Oshiomhole also highlighted “PDP governors said we can’t trust him, every agreement we made with him, he broke it; he is a serial betrayer of agreements.”
During the interview, he al“In this case, everything is on the surface. First, there are three main candidates, and there are several other candidates, and I believe they all have good intentions.
“It is no secret that you have, at least five governors (PDP G-5 governors), including governors that matter in the south-south — when you talk about the stronghold of the PDP, some of the governors revolting against Atiku are from that part of the country.
“Our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, went to Gbaramatu Kingdom for the first time, and I’m not sure a PDP candidate has ever gone there because they’ve always taken them for granted. PDP is a house divided against itself.
“The real damage being done to the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku, is that governors who have never decamped from PDP, who can be called PDP indigenes, they’ve spoken to the fact that you can’t trust the PDP candidate Atiku, and they withdrew from his campaign council. Even Mimiko is in that group.
“Atiku went to Ondo State today (Wednesday), and didn’t have the honour to be received by high-profiled politician in the state. This is not secret to be uncovered.
“If five people (G-5 governors) have reasons to question the character of Atiku, that you can’t trust his words, that he can’t even manage his own party, he can’t grant concessions. He is so fixated about certain things.
“He is totally insensitive to Project Nigeria — the need to keep Nigeria together. He could go to a place like Kaduna and speak to them, saying don’t vote a Yoruba man. He didn’t say don’t vote for Tinubu, that’s a huge difference.
“Don’t vote an Igbo man. A man who seeks to govern Nigeria has said this publicly on records. How can you entrust him? You can’t manage your household, and you want to preach unity. That’s not possible.”
Adams Oshiomhole ruled Atiku out of the race completely.