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Demola Olarewaju @DemolaRewaju
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In the journey to remove, replace and upgrade on Buhari, it’s understandable that many cannot wait but we need to understand that the process cannot be compromised without the result being fatal.

I’m personally amazed at how quickly Atiku has moved since the primaries.
A while back, the idea that PDP could be a strong force going into 2019 was so far-fetched that some of our most committed members and leaders declared the party dead and some even formed other parties to be a third force.

Our position at that time was clear, steady and solid.
Those were in the heady days of the Makarfi-Sheriff tussle.

Then came the time to choose a new Chairman and the SW bungling of a position that had been zoned to Agbaje which led to the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as Chairman - many again felt that PDP would collapse.
At a point, many were frustrated with PDP that Fayose had to publicly declare for President because he failed to see any Northerners pushing for the position - 12 solid men ended up contesting to be PDP flagbearer at the convention - all from the three zones across the North.
The expectation was that some of those 12 men were moles, that one power bloc would impose on the party, that PDP would crumble after the convention or that some presidential aspirants would leave the party - our position through this was clear, steady and solid.
There was a time just a few months ago where the question of “Yes Buhari is a catastrophe but who is a viable alternative that can rally the opposition and is influential enough to defeat him?” was rife, not only on twitter but also within many high political circles.
All those questions have now been answered in time but questions continue to be asked and our position again is yet clear, steady and solid.

The question now is that Atiku is moving too slow - and we explain that it’s part of the political process towards victory.
For me: Atiku has moved quite fast enough and has managed to stay in the news ever since winning the PDP presidential ticket - from choosing Obi to meeting with OBJ and getting his endorsement while still managing to keep putting out strong media representation is amazing.
A huge part of it all though has been down to the enervation of the opposition base by his candidacy - I’ve seen so many Atiku campaign materials that people have done in the past week without being commissioned - this is pure People Power at work, similar to how Buhari came in.
Atiku has to consult to make sure nobody feels left out - and he also has to be wary of doing too much.

Many may not know but some felt Atiku was behind a move to replace the Kano PDP gubernatorial flagbearer who is a Kwankwaso disciple with someone else - that had to be doused.
I should say that the Kano matter is far from over - many feel that the Kwankwasiyya movement taking over PDP in the state can’t deliver victory unless old PDP members are assuaged and efforts are on in that regard.

Some of them are mulling going to join Shekarau in APC.
Essentially, Atiku is now a quasi-National Leader of the PDP like the highest office holder, Bukola Saraki.

By choosing Saraki as the DG of his campaign, Atiku delivered a solid death-blow to any misunderstanding about influence within the party.

It’s a deep issue of balance.
What I’m encouraged about is that Atiku knows when to move swiftly - the matter of whether the VP should come from the SW vs SE could have hurt the party if it went on too long but Atiku quickly made his choice without much ado;

This man is an experienced political player.
Many may have forgotten that Fayose (when he felt sidelined) had said he may leave the PDP (a party that’s in his DNA o) but it quickly went down.

Atiku got through to him at 4am the following day and that tension was quickly doused - this is mainly the period of harmonisation.
So I envisage that the man is busy with so much that is crucial to victory - the full campaign council list will soon be out and it cannot have less than 700 members - everyone has to be reached and carried along: even one old man in Edo that can hardly walk needs to be there.
There’s also another reason to go slow: this will be the longest presidential campaign period since 1999 as far as I can remember.

By this time towards 2015, Buhari hadn’t even emerged as his party’s flagbearer.

This time, we have three full months of campaign and spending.
Atiku is wealthy but a three month campaign period (November, December, January and about 2 weeks in February) will stretch your finances to the max if you’re not careful about timing and pacing yourself.

The campaign will test him and the PDP in every single way.
So it’s important to let these things play out as they will eventually. We’ve come a long way already and the distance to removing Buhari is short, but remember that the point of threat is where a snake is most deadly and ferocious.

But that people are so eager is a good thing.
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