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Politics of Wednesday, 8 November 2023


Supreme Court: Atiku advised on two steps after loss to Tinubu

Atiku Abubakar & Bola Ahmed Tinubu Atiku Abubakar & Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Barrister Titilope Anifowoshe has advised Atiku Abubakar, the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 presidential election, to start looking inward after his loss to President Bola Tinubu at the Supreme Court.

Anifowoshe, a legal practitioner and an author, who spoke with on the next move the former vice president can take, opined that the PDP candidate can either join the present administration of President Tinubu or return to the drawing board to re-strategise ahead of the 2027 presidential election.

Atiku can prepare to contest for 2027 presidency

The legal icon maintained that the 2023 presidential election was not the first of its kind that the former vice president would come closer since he had been contesting for the presidential election.

Recall that, in an analysis, explained that Atiku has been contesting to be Nigeria's president for the last 30 years, and his latest shot was the 2023 presidential election, where he lost at the poll and at the court.

Atiku support Tinubu or prepare for the 2027 election

Speaking on the next move the PDP candidate can take after his loss at the Supreme Court recently, Anifowoshe maintained that the former vice president has the right to contest at any time.

She said: "Alhaji Atiku's right to contest for President of Nigeria in alienable. If indeed he feels that he has what it takes to govern Nigeria, he can either collaborate with the government in power as a statesman or get back to the strategy table and recontest in 4 years to get majority votes. It's not the first time he got this close to winning an election so he can keep trying till he shatters the glass ceilings."

Atiku first contested for presidential ticket by proxy under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the third republic.

Down to 2023, the 77-year-old Atiku had his seventh attempt at the presidency with much drama and theories that led to his failure at the poll and the Supreme Court.