2019: Why Atiku’s association with Obasanjo may lead to Buhari, APC’s victory – Balarabe Musa

A former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa on Friday faulted the
meeting between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential
candidate, Atiku Abubakar and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Speaking with DAILY POST, Musa said Abubakar's renewed association
with Obasanjo will reduce the possibility of the former becoming
Nigeria's next president.

He warned that the presidential flag bearer associating with Obasanjo
may lead to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives
Congress, APC, emerging winner of the 2019 presidential election.

Abubakar, who was the Vice President under Obasanjo's administration
between 1999 to 2007, have endured a sour relationship with his former
boss since they left power.

But yesterday, Abubakar mended fences with Obasanjo in a meeting
attended by the founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith
Church, Bishop David Oyedepo in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Also at the meeting was Bishop Matthew Kukah and Sheikh Ahmed Gumi.

During the meeting, Obasanjo declared that he has forgiven Abubakar
and was ready to help him "mend fence" internationally.

Reacting to the meeting, Musa stated that the reconciliation gives a
wrong impression to Nigerians.

Stressing that the relationship between Obasanjo and Atiku was so bad,
Musa stated that the reconciliation was "doubtful".

According to him, "His association or reconciliation with Obasanjo is
definitely a problem. I insisted that the reconciliation is doubtful
because the relationship between them is so bad that nobody can
imagine that they will reconcile so quickly.

"However, it has happened and I think the close relationship with
Obasanjo is a problem for Atiku because it now seems that he is being
adopted by the former president, I think it's a lot of problem for

"That PDP coalition led by Obasanjo portrays a problem for Atiku
because it gives the impression whether right or wrong that the PDP is
being supported by a former president who is opposed to Buhari and is
afraid of what he will do to him. This means that there is a
credibility problem.

"His (Atiku's) chances if it ever existed at all, is now reduced by
his association with Obasanjo who is afraid of being probed by Buhari
and I think that there is a credibility problem which may even favour
APC and Buhari in 2019."

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