By Tope Sunday
The Presidency over the weekend described the former President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as a politician living on past glory, adding that he had lost his political weight many years ago.
Featuring on ‘Sunday Politics’, a Channels’ Television Political programme, monitored in Abuja, the Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Mrs Lauretta Onochie, said come 2019 presidential election, the former Vice President can’t win election in his own Local Government in Adamawa State.
The Presidency’s attack on Atiku came few hours after he announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) via a live broadcast on his official Facebook account barely a month following his resigning from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Onochie, who claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari, was not at the moment competing with Atiku, said the former VP had lost touch with reality and advised him to ‘check again’.
Asked if Atiku’s exit from the APC will not affect the President’s re-election bid, the presidential Aide said Buhari remained unperturbed, adding that the former VP is known for cross-carpeting over the years.
She said: “The president is not perturbed at all. He is not moved in any way. Alhaji Atiku is known to hobnob from one party to the other when he cannot have the control of the party. When he resigned from the PDP some years ago, he gave the same reasons he gave so many years ago and that’s what he has given again for leaving the APC.
“He (Atiku) may have had that weight some years ago but over the years, he’s been losing that weight and at the moment, I can tell you that even in his local government area in his native Adamawa, he can’t win any election. So where is the weight?
“I think Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has lost touch with reality. I think he needs to check again. President Buhari is not competing with him at the moment, what he’s trying to do is to put President Buhari out of the good work he’s doing and to come to wallow in the mud with him.
“President Buhari is very busy trying to repair the damage that PDP did for 16 years to this nation and he is busy with the job of governance and trying to ease the pains that Nigerians have been going through over the past 16 to 17 years”.