Saturday, 21 May 2022

Haba Na only You dey? Donald Duke Slams Atiku, says don't try to be Abraham Lincon

Former Governor of Cross RiverDonald Duke and Former VP of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar 

The former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke has taken a swipe on former Vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, urging him to drop his presidential ambition as he can't be tuning perpetually.

Duke said Atiku has been "running" since 1992 and it's time for him to take a break and say "It's enough," stressing that "it's becoming ridiculous," and there's no justification for another Northerner to take over from Buhari.


In a video currently trending on social media, Duke said Atiku should forget the Abraham Lincoln story and become a kingmaker rather than struggling to become a king.

Excerpts from the video:

"Atiku Abubakar has been contesting the presidency since 19992, indeed, there's no election since 1992 that he hasn't participated. He ran against Abiola, in 1999 first as Governor then as vice president. In 2003, he picked a form, that was what led to the crisis between him and Obasanjo. In 2007, he ran again, in 2011, he ran against Jonathan, in 2015, he ran, ran in 2019, 2023 he wants to run. Haba! Na only you de!

"A time comes when you look at it and say, it's enough. Let me be a kingmaker rather than this thing.

"…leave this Abraham Lincoln story that he ran many times before he got it. He ran only two times and got it. ……so it's becoming ridiculous."

Speaking about the North producing the president in 2023, Duke emphasised that: "What the North wants isn't different from what the South wants. But we all want this sense of belonging. How do we justify to our children that after eight years of Northern leadership, they will go back and have another 8 years?

"Ordinarily, I'm not a proponent of zoning and stuffs like that but I'm a proponent of equity and that takes precedence to me before zoning. The country is in a very desperate situation and you need a leader that's formidable, a leader that can make things right, not the pandering that goes on now. What we have in Nigeria is a very disgraceful leadership."