A senior advocate of Nigeria, Mba Ekpezu Ukweni SAN, has stated that there is no basis to compare President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, be it in terms of intellect, exposure, and the management of human beings.
Speaking with Dailypost in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, he said, “If elections is to be done normally and you place both of them on a platform, there is no how Atiku could be compared with Buhari. So, I don’t see Buhari being a match to Atiku in an election in a country that people will be sane enough to vote.
“Atiku may certainly not make the mistakes we are having with the present administration. We have now gotten another signal from international monetary fund that our country is receding again into recession, which is going to be the basis of assessing him (Buhari).
“Buhari had said he was fighting corruption; how far, is there no more corruption in the country, is the economy healthy, can we say Nigerian economy is healthy, what makes economy to be healthy, is there production in the system, are there industry functioning, have people being employed, has the depending ratio reduced, these are the indices use in measuring healthy economy,” he said.
On the visit to former president Obasanjo by Atiku, the SAN said, “Obasanjo was Atiku’s boss, with his status/position in the country and the role as Yoruba, there is just no how Atiku can ignore Obasanjo”.
Ukweni, however, encouraged Atiku to normalize his relationship with Obasanjo and recalled that Atiku was vice president to Obasanjo and they had related well.
“It was just on the issue of principles that they parted ways. When Obasanjo wanted the third term that was when they parted ways. He can find avenue to reconcile with Obasanjo, it is a healthy one,
“Obasanjo and Buhari were not best of friends, even in their military relationship, but they also reconcile on political ground. Politicians said what is constant is interest, so if Atiku and Obasanjo have found out that their interests come together, they need to reconcile for the purpose of pursuing that interest.
“It is healthy politically. Their reconciliation is for the purpose of fostering any political interest for themselves and country. If Obasanjo and Atiku come together, Buhari group will be very uncomfortable, they just have to say things in order to cover up.
“When Obasanjo received him (Buhari) in 2014 and 2015, was he not happy, he was happy and he exploited the relationship and make good use of it, it is only when he became President, he started behaving as a different person in the country and that is why he has lost the goodwill many of us have for him.
“The emergence of Atiku as the PDP Presidential candidate is a good choice, if you look at all the presidential candidates, all of them have good credential and capacity to lead the country well, but for all of them to come together and accept Atiku as a candidate is a big plus for the party.
“We pray that all of them should work together for the single purpose of achieving an electoral victory for the party, anything short of that means all the efforts they have put together to get to this level is wasted.”
Speaking on INEC giving Nigerians credible elections in 2019, SAN said “I have fear. INEC may not give us the needed election results in 2019, look at what happened Osun and Ekiti elections, INEC was not the umpire we expected.
“The two elections are clear indications of what the general elections would be, it is a clear show of desperation, INEC is showing itself as an extension of APC, that is the indications they are giving to us and it is not a healthy indication because it is not healthy for the country and for the people.”
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