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Election 2019: BBC calls Atiku Nigeria's political operator with the Midas touch 0 0
NEW -  Election 2019: BBC calls Atiku Nigeria's political operator with the Midas touch
Election 2019: BBC calls Atiku Nigeria's political operator with the Midas touch

- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar  has recently been getting endorsements from various groups and prominent individuals in Nigeria
- The PDP presidential candidate's growing popularity seems to have been fuelled by assumptions that he has the backing of western countries
- A recent article by the BBC described Atiku as Nigeria's political operator with the Midas touch
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been described as Nigeria's political operator with the Midas touch.
The description was by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in an article posted on its website on Wednesday, February 6.
The BBC article comes at a time when there are rumours that Atiku has gotten the backing of western countries in his quest to be Nigeria's leader.
Read excerpts of the article below:
The man aiming to wrest the Nigerian presidency from Muhammadu Buhari has built a career circling the summits of public life.
Atiku Abubakar has been a top civil servant, a vice-president, and a prominent businessman and philanthropist, making his fortune in the oil sector and giving some of it away to charity.
The highest office in the land has, however, eluded him. On three occasions, he has tried for the presidency and fallen short. On 16 February, the 72-year-old tries again, offering his credentials as a seasoned political operator and serial entrepreneur as the remedy for Nigeria's ills.
If elected, Mr Abubakar will be confronted by soaring unemployment, chronic poverty, a legislature gridlocked by regional rivalries, and a sluggish economy heavily dependent on fluctuating oil revenues.
His campaign is exploiting the contrast between his image and that of an incumbent who has become a target for much of the frustration over the economy.
Mr Buhari's critics say his personality - austere, aloof and inflexible - has proven ill-suited to the demands of governing Nigeria, even if it helped him win the last election, lending credibility to his pledge to fight corruption.
Mr Abubakar, by contrast, is an affable, enterprising figure, moving adroitly between the worlds of commerce and politics - qualities that, his supporters say, will help him unite the country and revive the economy.
Both candidates are from the mainly Muslim north of the country, and have tried to reach beyond their power base by choosing running mates from the mostly Christian south.
According to Cheta Nwanze, head of research at Lagos-based risk advisory SBM Intelligence, Mr Abubakar's campaign will hope to attract some of the people who voted for Mr Buhari in the last election - particularly “the educated youth that live in cities and have seen their incomes fall in the last few years.”
Meanwhile, the endorsement by the socio-cultural leaders and elders across the six geo-political zones is an indication that 

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if given opportunity, former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has said.
Comrade Frank noted that Atiku's endorsement is the first time in the history of Nigeria that both the Northern Elders' Forum (NEF), Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, PANDEF and Middle Belt Forum will agree on a choice of presidential candidate during a general election.
In a statement on Wednesday, February 6, Comrade Frank commended the leaders and prominent elders across the country, adding that Nigeria is in dire need of a presidency that will unite it and give a sense of belonging to all and sundry and not just a part President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen to favour.
Chinedu A. 

I really don't know how we came about this news. It is almost impossible for the BBC to use such exemplary words in describing Atiku. Foreign journalist are not biased and do not let sentiments come in their way of work. Atiku has a bad reputation with western countries, and as such can not have any kind of backing from their leaders. He still ranks high on the list of public servants who crippled Nigeria by stealing our common wealth. Do a simple search on Google and see for yourself.
The more you walk, the close you get. 
SireRumu II

Any way na way, they should continue


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who told you so

I just wish this man retrieve his mandate from the lifeless


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