Associates loyal to Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 election, have started mounting pressure on him to take a shot at the presidential race again come 2023.
Recall, he failed to beat President Muhammadu Buhari at the Supreme Court last week Wednesday, after asking the court to reverse the outcome of the 2019 presidential election before it was struck out.
One of his close aides recently disclosed that some long-time political associates of the former Vice President have begun talks to convince the Turaki of Adamawa to try his luck again in the next presidential election.
He added that Atiku has a brighter chance at the seat in 2023 since Buhari is serving his last term in office.
“Since the outcome of the 2019 presidential election in February, some of us who believe in Atiku and know he has good plans for the country have been looking at the possibility of his seeking re-election in 2023.
“Some of us know since Buhari has been declared a winner by INEC, it will be an uphill task for any court to upturn the verdict. We have been vindicated by the Supreme Court ruling.
“Now that we have put that behind us, we will be talking to Wazirin to try his luck again. There is this popular saying that ‘quitters don’t win.’
“Our belief is that if Buhari had given up as he did in 2011 when he said the presidential election would be his last, he would not be president today.
“Power doesn’t come easy.
“The calculation now is that Atiku is the most popular politician in the PDP right now. If he decides to contest again, I don’t see any gang-up that can stop him from getting the party’s ticket. Remember, some people tried it in Port Harcourt last year but they failed woefully,” he said.