Atiku in Court- The Implications on Power Equation in Nigeria.

buhari and atiku battle in court

The 2019 general elections may have gone but still alive as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on February 23, 2019, general elections in Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is still in court to claim his mandate which he suspected was stolen by the All Progressive Congress by massive rigging. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), President Mohammed Buhari, the winner of the February 23, 2019, general election even when some Nigerians suspected PDP might have won.

Power rotation in Nigeria is not constitutional but had turned to gentlemen agreement observed by major political parties due to the regions and multi-ethnic nature of Nigeria. Power is expected to rotate between Nothern and Southern Nigeria after two tenures of eight years by each region. The power rotation was the brainchild of PDP but was disrupted in 2011 when the former President, Dr GoodLuck Jonathan contested in 2011 and won after the death of President Umaru Yar’adua. Recall that  Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was the Vice President in Yaradua’s administration, and by constitution became the President after President Yar’adua’s death. He contested and won the 2011 general election as the incumbent, but lost as an incumbent in 2015, and handed over to President Mohammad Buhari.

It was that gentlemen agreement of rotation between the South and the North that all presidential aspirant for the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019 election were from the north while the major opponent, APC had President Mohammad Buhari as the only anointed aspirant and candidate respectively. The anointing triggered massive defection from APC to PDP by some aggrieved party faithful who felt they must go to the primaries with the President. The massive defection was seen by many as the end of APC administration after 2019 election, but to the utter surprise of many, President Mohammad Buhari was declared a winner with results of many states suspected to have been manipulated, not accepted by PDP.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had not congratulated President Mohammad Buhari, he headed to court to prove he won the election. Campusaga had snooped on the implications of his victory from the court, and otherwise, think that the southerner may wish to prefer him defeated in the court for power to rotate to the region after 2023.  Nigerian didn’t give a heed to this campaign message of power rotating to the south if Buhari wins the 2019 election, a reason for the south to vote APC. Then, many had faded up with the APC government type of rulership and had wanted to sacrifice anything to take away power from the party. However, Campusaga’s reputation monitor into the political power equation suspects that Atiku may gain victory, at last, may be close to the end of Buhari’s tenure.  Atiku’s victory from the court may make the north to hold power till 2031, especially if men were to be God. Would that be the calculations of the north?