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2019 Elections: Is Trump’s US supporting Atiku and PDP?

Festus Keyamo, SAN, legal rabble-rouser of the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC] has accused the United States Ambassador, Stuart Symington and other western ambassadors, of partiality and tacit support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar. 

He said this in reaction to Symington’s threats that those who indulge in hate speeches and politicians whose utterances incite people to violence would be dealt with .

If Symington’s threats are weighed against the background of the last minute cancellation of ex-US President Bill Clinton’s visit to Nigeria, one may suspect some Yankee hanky-panky.

Nigerians need wisdom. America never supports any nation’s interest save for what it will milk out of that nation. Ex-US President Barack Obama ostensibly supported a non-violent electoral process for Nigeria, when in 2015 Muhammadu Buhari defeated a sitting President Goodluck Jonathan at the polls.

Buhari has demonstrated several times, home and abroad, from May 29, 2015 when he was sworn in as president that he belongs to everybody, but to nobody in particular. Meaning: I am not a deals man. Rather, I stand on principles.

Many have called Buhari stubborn for this reason. Both Obama and Trump invited him for talks at the White House in Washington DC. Obama had said publicly that he liked Buhari’s proven integrity. Could Trump however hate Buhari’s guts for not cutting ‘great deals’ with Trump’s US?

If yes, then Keyamo might be right in accusing the US of supporting Atiku and PDP against Buhari and APC. The US may do that if it believes that it will cut better deals with an Atiku presidency rather than a Buhari continuance.

However, what Nigerians must figure out is that it isn’t who or what benefits the United States at the February 16 presidential polls that counts, but who and what is in the overall best interest of Nigeria.

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