Up North, he wields a very strong political power and he is almost the strong man of Northern politics and this is no exaggeration on account of his vast influence and high network of connections among all political divides. He has come to be acknowledged as the numero uno in the political equation in the North, a quality he has spread to other geographical zones of the country.
The former Vice-president of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Turaki Adamawa) came into public reckoning in the days of Late Shehu Musa Yar'adua when the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was in its formative stage. Then he built its political tide around the slogan HOPE. Now come 2019, Atiku Abubakar is going back to drink from his indelible fountain of history. While it is an understatement that the country truly needs HOPE after a momentous but yet to manifest time-out with the CHANGE mantra; it is rather plausible for right a thinking people to embrace the HOPE Agenda once again. Many a pundit spreading the gospel of the billionaire Adamawa-born politician are claiming that only real and pragmatic experience can offer genuine HOPE. That in fact, this is the ladder to climb to the CHANGE destination.
But the former VP and retired Customs topshot has a big and Herculean task ahead of him-rallying the electorate, especially in the North, around the HOPE agenda. He will also need to widen his networking in the S/South and S/East where the current CHANGE agenda is scarcely popular. Saturday Leisure gathered that Atiku is now more relieved as his major Northern political albatross; Nasir El-Rufai is facing compulsive headaches in Kaduna which has made him quite unpopular especially as the Southern Kaduna killings persist. Again, former Governor Kwakwanso of Kano, who pulled sublime strings at the last presidential primaries, is also battling to keep intact his structures in Kano. While President Buhari's CHANGE agenda has lost its steam and is now very unpopular with the masses. Political observers say the business acumen and the strategic intelligence behind the restructuring theory are experiences Atiku will possibly rely on to wrestle the country's economy from the stranglehold of economic recession and backwardness. This is so much reminiscent of what Late M.K.O Abiola had wanted to do, and Atiku being a part of that dream, history may now place the task on his shoulders to deliver the HOPE we all crave for.