Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Atiku once lobbied to be Abiola’s running mate

Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Atiku once lobbied to be Abiola’s running mate

Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President who recently fired potshots at the All Progressives Congress (APC) on its Muslim-Muslim ticket once supported the same process. This is contained in his autobiography, titled: ‘My Life.’ As the 1993 Presidential election approached, Atiku a Muslim, lobbied MKO Abiola, another Muslim, to make him his running mate in the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Atiku’s autobiography, My Life

The Yar’Adua group to which Atiku belonged in SDP was angry because the plan failed.

According to Atiku: “I contested and won the SDP presidential primary in Adamawa State in March 1993. Moshood Abiola, 55 years old, and Babagana Kingibe, 48, had also won in their respective states,” Atiku wrote.

“Altogether, 27 of us from various states converged in Jos in March 1993 to contest the SDP Presidential ticket at the national convention of the party.

“I campaigned on the need for a strong economy with agriculture as a top priority. I promised Nigerians that their collective interest would count first when far-reaching economic decisions were being taken.

“I said I would run a true federalism if elected president. To stop Kingibe, whom we all believed had betrayed our group, the Yar Adua group resolved to negotiate with Abiola.

“We would support Abiola’s candidacy for the presidency in return for making me his running mate. We met Abiola and his key advisers and agreed to go to the Jos convention to push for an Abiola-Atiku ticket.

“Thereafter, we would harmonize our campaign structures and finances. At the end of the first ballot, Abiola came first with 3,617 votes. Kingibe came a close second with 3,225 votes. I came third with 2,066 votes.

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