The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to Atiku Abubakar’s 2027 presidential bid.
Atiku through his spokesperson, Daniel Bwala confirmed that he will contest for presidency again after being defeated by Bola Tinubu in 2023.
Atiku has contested the presidency six times before, failing in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023.
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Despite his repeated losses, Bwala described him as “the president we never had,” citing his experience and understanding of the private sector.
Reacting to the development, the APC promised Atiku a “heavy defeat” in 2027.
The party’s director of publicity, Bala Ibrahim said;
“Our party, which is the All Progressive Congress, thrashed Atiku not once, not twice. Even when we thought he had the energy and little credibility to make him viable to Nigerians, we defeated him completely.
“How can someone who is just trying to regain his balance be a threat to the APC come 2027? That is unthinkable; Atiku can never be a threat to the APC. He wasn’t a threat when he had little value. How can he be a threat when he is already valueless? It’s a dream that will not come to pass.’’
Ibrahim advised Atiku to quit politics, suggesting he was being misled by his advisors.
Labour Party, while reacting said that Nigerians are tired of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and others from the “old stock.”
Spokesman for the 2023 Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko said:
“Anybody who wants to show ambition and start building at the moment, it is the person’s fundamental rights. But, we believe that we have the interest of people at heart. And the people are tilting towards us, especially the Nigerian youths. They are tired of the old stock
“So even if anybody coming from the old stock still wants to run for election, we wish him all the best. But it could have been better for them to support a younger generation like Peter Obi in the form of uniting this country so that we can move forward collectively.
That will have made more sense and more appreciative to the Nigerian people at the moment.”