24 November started normally for most politicians especially those in the APC.

But few hours into the day, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar dropped the bombshell.

He left the ruling APC after releasing a statement on Friday through his media office in Abuja.

Well, Atiku’s quitting APC should not come as a surprise to anyone that has been following his political journey.

Bounce News looks at the four times the Waziri Adamawa showed his association with the ruling party was heading for the rocks.

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1.) WHEN HE LOST THE APC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES IN 2014

Atiku Abubakar contested for the APC presidential ticket in 2014 alongside the President Muhammadu Buhari, former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and Publisher of Leadership Newspaper Sam Nda-Isa.

Buhari won the presidential primary election polling 3,430 votes to get the ticket. His votes outnumbered Rabiu Kwankwanso and Atiku Abubakar who got 974 and 954 votes respectively.

While Okorocha got 624, Sam Nda-Isaiah scored 10 votes.

After the primaries, Atiku withdrew into his shell as he was conspicuously missing from all the APC presidential campaigns throughout the country. 

His body language showed he was very bitter at the turn out of the primaries even though he denied it most times.


2.) ATIKU UNHAPPY WITH BUHARI

Abubakar is obviously not happy with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, he has been sidelined by a government he helped to bring to power.

“Honestly speaking, I’m still a member of the APC; I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved,” he said in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America.

“But sadly, soon after the formation of government; I was side-lined, I have no relationship with the government, I’ve not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance. They used our money and influence to get to where they’re but three years down the lane, this is where we are.”

So, it was obvious he was ready to run against Buhari since indications have emerged that the president is gunning for a second term.


3.) ALHASSAN’S OPEN DECLARATION

The Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan caused a rude shock few months ago after openly declaring her support for the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar despite being a serving minister in the current administration.

In an interview with the BBC Hausa, Alhassan described Abubakar as her godfather, saying she would support him if he runs for office in 2019.

“Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics. And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019,” she said.

“Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba just like you know I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather. If Atiku says he is going to contest.

“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed that is why… Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be sacked‎.”


4.) FOUR TIME UNLUCKY 

Atiku has had a shot at the presidency four times, but he has been unsuccessful in all his attempts. He had his first presidential run in 1992 on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), but he was defeated by MKO Abiola in the party’s primary election.

In the build-up to the 2007 presidential election, Abubakar fought “tooth and nail” to become the flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), but he was allegedly schemed out by former President Olusegun Obasanjo who preferred late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

He left the PDP for the Action Congress, which was the main opposition party at the time. It was like the gods had conspired against him.

He emerged as the standard bearer of the party, but when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published the names of presidential candidates for the election, Abubakar’s name was missing.

INEC said his name was removed because he had allegations of corruption hanging on his neck, and that he had been indicted of corruption by a panel set up by the government. This was largely seen as the hand work of Baba Iyabo.

Abubakar challenged this at the supreme court, and he got judgment in his favour. He subsequently ran in the election, but lost.

Shortly after his defeat, he re-joined the PDP and challenged Goodluck Jonathan in the party’s presidential primary election in 2010, but he lost as well.

This was his third run.

In 2014, now in the All Progressives Congress (APC), he challenged President Muhammadu Buhari for the party’s ticket and he lost.

He came third in the election after Buhari and Rabiu Kwankwaso. This was his fourth presidential run.

One thing is certain, Atiku Abubakar wants to be president of Nigeria and he is ready to make his dream come through, no matter the cost.

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