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Greedy Atiku. Why Can't He Step Down?

The Tribute reported this evening that the coalition of (other) polital parties could not arrive at a consensus representative. What a shame! Why can't atiku use his number 19 and step down knowing that buhari is more saleable than him? His avarice will never allow him reason. He is not fighting for democracy. He is fighting to control the nigerian external reserve.

More worrisome is this: http://www.inecnigeria.org/index.php?cateid=40&contid=264

Why won't INEC leave atiku to contest and fail?

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Mr Atiku is never a greedy person. Learn to understand him.

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the EFCC and Obj lack the imagination or intelligence to come up with serious charges against him, all the claims that have been made have been strruck down in court, and will not stand, this is because of the weak evidence, not any sympathy from the courts. Even with immunity the govt has tried to use the back door to get Atiku, but he's too smart for that. The truth is, unless some smoking gun evidence surfaces on Atiku, nothing will happen, he will simply return to his businesses and contest again in 2011. If all they could come up with in 4 yrs was simply 'wrong decision to place funds' which holds no water in court, I dont see what they will come up with now that will 'nail' Atiku.

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He has alot on his hands by ridiculing the presidency. The Office Not the President.

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Why should he step down?

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@debosky,

You may be underestimating the sympathies he is getting from the courts as the serving VP.

He may not be that lucky should the EFCC choose to go after him once he loses his immunity.

While that may not happen, whether he is finished politcally or not all depends on how Yar Adua

(if he is the winner) performs in the next 4 years. Obviously, if Nigerians are pleased with his

performance, they may be willing to give him another 4 years.

One thing for certain, Atiku's purse has certainly become thinner this past months and its safe

to assume that kickbacks and contracts from a PDP led government is a thing of the past. His

deep pockets has greatly helped him to maintain his base, whether he is able to maintain this

in the years ahead is a whole different matter. Nigerian politicians usually drift to the highest

bidders. . .

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the cloak of immunity will soon be removed and his noise will stop! watch this space. he has been found wanting by all investigative panels. what more do you want?

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on what charge? all the 4 yrs EFCC investigation only came up with a shabby report that has been rejected in court.

He's not going to any jail, that threat may work on the thieving guv'nors but not on Atiku - you're gonna need an iron-clad case against him, and judging from the court cases so far, there is no such evidence against him.

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atiku that will soon rot in jail? barawo!

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Olu Falae didnt do much, he was obviously clearly beaten, so was Buhari last time

this time, if free and fair, it will be a much closer race, but Yar'adua will clinch it.

If Buhari contested on 03 and again now and is not dead, why do you think a man with very wide following and deep political experience like Atiku will be 'dead like a dodo'?

Just like Obj did, you're underestimating Atiku

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lets wait and see - Olu Falae did more than that.

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the man is as dead as "dodo"

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I don't think so, since he fought all the cases of corruption and had them nullified, he is still a big force, the best strategy for him is to keep his structures in place and keep himself visible, in 2011 he might yet have his Presidency.

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so he is finished politically?

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of course he can, he is charismatic, very intelligent and has shown himself to be a consumate politician. He has gone to the courts to enforce his rights at every juncture and won, If he didn't fall out with Obj so badly he would have been the automatic choice for the next president. unfortunately his energies have been highly dissipated by the endless battles with INEC and Obj.

IF he had been campaigning without the threat of disqualification over his head, then yes. even with that, IF the elections are truly fair, it could be very close.

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Yaradua will be in for a hell of 4yrs.

There will be court cases from court cases.

He will be so stressed thin, that your guess is as good as mine.

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lets wait till the results are announced before he runs to the courts, may be the courts will declare him winner this time - Atiks my foot.

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I agree with you Seun, but if a president has acted in a way to make the environment a little more conducive for this 'natural progression' to occur, then he deserves some credit as well.

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Thank God peeps know Atiku is a blatant criminal, if u vote for him u get case with God, The guy irritates me

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@joshO

EXACTLY

we will just wait and see what will happen to Atiku ( he is however powerful) But the fast track court set up to deal with all this people should PLEASE be honest.

Atiku is only fighting for immunity.

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First off, I agree with Hotslink about Nigerians not submitting to militocracy. We're through with the iron fisted experiments. It's time for a new lease of freedom.

I have nothing against Buhari but his record of human rights abuse causes shivers to spiral through me.

I quite agree that Atiku should also be allowed to exercise his franchise, but a individual indicted for gross abuse of office, corrupt enrichment and blatant plundering of public funds for personal aggrandizement should not be allowed a chance in our nascent democracy.

Nigeria is still reeling from the double whammy of immense foreign debts and corruption so the last kind of leader we need is one who dips his hands into public funds with impunity.

Atiku is a shred of the ruling PDP, with the same manifesto well schooled into his psyche. Yes he only left PDp cause of the fallout between him and BABA!!

Who needs a man who bought a house in Maryland, Washington with $10,000,000 and furnished it with $70,000? Who wants a man who has almost crippled the power sector single handedly and making a swivel to say he guarantees power if elected?

I doubt if the immunity clause will save him cause I for one don't ever want to see him in power

Ribadu, please be on guard,

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of all candidates standing, atiku is the most corrupt (probably more corrupt than kalu).

he is relying on his campaign against obj to sweep the votes on saturday (than God obj is not contesting).

if he had wanted pdp to lose as he claimed, he would have stepped down and support someone else, but his greed would not allow him.

his vaulting ambition will bring him to ruin, mark me.

in a free and fair election, yar' adua will defeat atiku and buhari put together, so that gives an insight into the result to be announced on sunday.

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Why should Atiku step down a retired General,a known tribalist/islamist who refused to campaign in the S/E in 2003,apart from Chuba Okadigbo's town?

Buhari has not told us what he forgot in 1985 at the Presidency!Also as a former dictator/maximun ruler,his antecedents are well known~force,totalitarianism,absolutism!

Atiku has every right to contest as dictated by the Federal Constitution just like any other Nigerian for the highest office in the land!

Some tunnel vision critics of Atiku have spent many a day lampooning his character~OBJ by extension who over saw the sham and fraud of last week's election ;then is no better.Same goes for Yar Adua who by association is the candidate of this coterie of criminals,thugs and brigands!

OBJ,INEC are all afraid of Atiku;that is why all these challenges are thrown o his path~if Atiku wins(only God knows),the same EFCC is gonna shackle OBJ and send him to gaol~a taste of his own bitter medicine

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Wether you like it or not, OBJ's Govt has produced more geniune middle class Nigerians that any recent Govt.

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So if people are more corrupt, should that exonorrate him to contest to lead the same people he is stealing from, that is 'mumu' of the highest order!

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I don't think that Akitu is corrupt as people call his name. We have people that are more corrupt than him that is still contesting this election and nothing has happened. So what all this aspersion on his person. OBJ is part of PTDF, let forget all this semantic they are using. If after eight years the only place Atiku defrauded this country is in PTDF then he is not corrupt.

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@ Dayokanu

JoshO has simply said most of what I would have said.

Atiku's popularity soared as a result of his illicit dealings between 1999 - 2003 when he was the de-facto President  of this country, most of those who support him are only fantasizing how they will enrich themselves in his Government if he becomes President. Yes he is popular but sometimes in life it is not how popular you were when in power that matters but how history will remember you.

IBB is a clear example of this, OBJ made his mistakes but trust me 20years from now history will remember him more kindly than Atiku.

I don't want to try to sell OBJ to anyone, in the first place their is no need for that because hate or love him he is going. But the worst mistake we will make in this country is to vote Atiku to spite OBJ.

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Buhari calling for a consensus opposition candidate is fraudulent. Why PDP and Yar Adua were busy campaigning and selling their ideas, Buhari wants to use this back door to still vote when he has not even told Nigerians what he wants to do, The same goes for all of them (plus ATIKU). Only Yardua with isi 7 points agenda and UTOMI have managed to sell their ideas.

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@dayokanu

Are you for real?? That Atiku is this popular in the senate is the more reason you should be wary. No less than 80% of the senate is currupt which no doubt explains their sympathy for him in his 'travails' with that "Monster" that wants to put sand in their garri. That "Monster" in Aso rock that allowed EFCC start something that may soon catch up with them. You think they are not scared, worried by where all that will end. Many of them have benefitted from Atiku's  'generosity' one way or another. He spent the first 4 years of this administration perpetuating himself in office through dealings with the senate and other 'big men' in Nigeria. You think members of the senate are interested in changing the status quo of chop till I die? Why do you think the budget got passed early this year? You think they are happy with that? Please let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

Even Babangida is more popular in the senate than OBJ and that's because these men know how to play the politics of power, rather then do what it takes to change our nation. I continiously maintain that anyone who eventualy changes Nigeria should prepare to be unpopular, especially in the Senate!! Anyone who changes Nigeria will be he that the movers and shakers dislike and majority of the press vilifies. If you continue to form your opinion from the front pages of the Sun, theNews, thisDay newspapers then any genuine leader will never get your support.

Don't be deceived. Atiku is the worst possible choice of all the presidential candidates. You need to get close to him and his confidants to understand their desperate, power hungry mentality. You can hate OBJ all you like, but don't let this hate drive you into 'endorsing' a pilfering, conniving and greedy monster like Atiku.

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Na atiku some people they hail like this, God forbid, if atiku wins which is impossible i'll relocate to Burundi, he's a desperate thief, he never fought for 9ja, he's extremely desperate to be the president of 9ja, -no pity that guy o, those who formed AC are hungrier members from PDP, bisi akande get very bad record for osun state

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Just give one good reason Atiku should step down.

Buhari is not sellable to the south and the others dont have the national spread Atiku is the only one.

As at 2003 Atiku was more popular in Nigeria than OBJ almost all the governors are his friend that was why most governors supported Atiku against OBJ. In the Senate Atiku is very popular ever wonder why he has not been impeached ith all the allegations OBJ is dangling round his neck every week. Reverse the trend for just a day make Atiku president for 3 days and let him propose to the senate to impeach OBJ I am sure OBJ wont last that day in the senate.

Atiku is widely seen in Nigeria a the symbol of our struggle against OBJ even eight of my friends that were OBJ fans after seeing the daylight robbery perpetrated by the PDP in their respective states are now clamouring for Atiku to come to their rescue and every Nigeria is now seeing Atiku as the way outof OBJ draconian rule/control

OBJ in his folly has succeded in making Atiku more popular

with his control of the state machinery could do nothing against Atiku. Most Nigerians dont care about Atiku befor but now,

We love Atiku cos we hate OBJ simple

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for his determination to see through the huddles of OBJ and finally WIN, I will vote for Atiku.

Thats character we need in a leader.

That side; he needs few good men his cabinet and things would turned around.

Abacha hold $1 to N80 for five years because he had qualified people working with him.

IBB held the most free/fair election in Nigeria because he worked with best-brain.

Above all, the court is always there as final say for any dictator in the making.

Life is not about wrong or right. It is about believe in something, fight for it and see it to the end.

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Rigging or no rigging - do u think Atiku will ever win?

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see u who told u he is noy saleable well in your dreams buhari is much worst than atiku buhari's image in the south is as dented as anything u can ever think of on earth. talk of being tribalistic buhari is the one talk of sentiments buhari is there talk of any attrocity buhari has it all.

who knows about PTF well categorically buhari used the so called ptf funds then to enrich himself and his cronies and the northern region was developed up to this level with the poor niger delta people money and buhari and abacha then were all there saying the south is not yet ripe for developement what a heck

spare me buhari i can bet it if he get there then nigeria will become islamic republic i assure u cause the frame he has when he was a millad then i what is causing reigious crisis till today those he had groomed up with sentiments in them

may GOD help NIGERIA

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Thats definately wrong

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and OBJ was not indicted?

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@Seun,

Based on what offence?

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I think I know what he wants: immunity. If he doesn't get into office, he knows he's definitely going to jail.

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Why should he step down. He has the right to exercise his franchise

Is Buhari not a former military man? Must Nigeria leadership continue to revolve around Ex-soldiers.

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