Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance (CAGG), has claimed that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the 2019 election, may strike a deal with President Muhammadu Buhari to edge out Bola Tinubu in the 2023 race.
He made the claim in a statement on Monday noting that political stakeholders in the country are not taking anything for granted.
According to him, unknown to many, Atiku Abubakar is firmly in the race and has made up his mind to contest for the last time.
Bamgbose, who is a senior legal practitioner, said the former Vice President is unstoppable, adding that though he (Atiku) may be aged, fortunately, he is still healthy.
“It’s very obvious that the power brokers from the North may not really trust Tinubu’s Presidency, not minding his support for Fulani oligarchy,” he noted.
“The North is viewing Tinubu as someone who may eventually rebel against the North, once he gets to State House.
“The North always wants a candidate who will come out with his true colour, not necessarily one who is hiding his true character.
“Tinubu can’t be trusted with power, that’s the opinion of majority of Northerners. Atiku Abubakar is on daily basis strategising on how to take over from Buhari come 2023.
“He has decided to spend any kind of money to achieve this aim. He spent heavily to install Buhari as President, and he believes his money should not go down the drain.
“As a political strategist, he has foreseen that APC will ultimately not hand over the Presidential ticket to Tinubu come 2023. Based on this, he is seriously scheming to find his way back to APC.
“The only person that Atiku can’t influence with money is an Angel. Atiku will show his worth come 2021. He will be prepared to spend his last kobo to be the next President of Nigeria.
“He is likely going to strike a deal with Buhari and power brokers to take over from Buhari, thereby edging out Tinubu. However one should tell Atiku that it’s God that will determine the next President of Nigeria, not man or prophet. Man proposes but God disposes.
“I’m in the race to spring surprises and eventually win. Atiku’s strategies will certainly fail him. He should forget about leading this country,” he said.