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Why Hasn’t Atiku Relocated to Dubai As Usual? Report Sheds Light

businesselitesafrica.com 2024/2/24
Why Hasn't Atiku Relocated to Dubai As Usual? Report Sheds Light 

In a surprising twist of political strategy, Atiku Abubakar, the former presidential candidate of Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reportedly postponed his plans to relocate to Dubai. There have been questions on why Atiku has not relocated yet to Dubai which is seen as a tactical decision aimed at reinforcing his influence within the PDP in anticipation of the 2027 elections.

Sources close to the PDP leadership reveal that Atiku’s decision to remain in Nigeria is linked to his determination to maintain a firm grip on the party’s structure. This decision comes in the wake of his defeat in both the 2019 and 2023 presidential elections, which many insiders attribute to a lack of cohesive support within the PDP.

Atiku’s reluctance to move to Dubai, a city known for its luxury and expatriate-friendly environment, underscores his commitment to staying politically relevant in Nigeria. Contrary to his public stance of championing democracy in the country, insiders suggest that Atiku’s primary focus is on consolidating his position within the PDP to ensure a stronger candidacy in the next presidential race.

Discord in PDP leadership 

The internal dynamics of the PDP have been a significant concern for Atiku. His camp reportedly expresses dissatisfaction with the party’s current leadership under Ilya Damagum, accusing them of yielding too much to the influences of key PDP leaders like Nyesom Wike, the incumbent minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

This discontent stems from a belief that the party’s leadership, which is perceived to be divided between groups like Wike/the G-5 and the PDP Governors’ Forum led by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state, hindered Atiku’s past electoral performance.

Governor Mohammed, in particular, is seen as a potential challenger for the PDP’s ticket in the 2027 elections, having had a complicated relationship with Atiku during the build-up to the last general election. Atiku’s strategy seems to be focused on overcoming these internal party challenges to establish a more unified front for his anticipated third presidential bid.

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