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Supreme Court's verdict: Atiku and Tinubu to run against one another in 2023?

The tussle between President Muhammadu Buhari and opposition leader Atiku Abubakar was laid to rest on Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled out the Mr Abubakar petition. Abubakar had earlier approached the apex court to challenge Buhari’s victory in the February Presidential election.  OPERA NEWS recalls that Mr Abubakar filed a petition at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) but it was dismissed. The Appeal court's verdict also did not favour the opposition leader. The apex court dismissed the appeal on Wednesday after hearing Atiku’s suit against Buhari’s victory at the presidential election petition tribunal. According to media reports, President Buhari also exhaled relief after the Supreme Court's verdict, which signalled the end of the legal battle.  However, as the judiciary vindicated Mr Buhari, it remains unclear if the former Vice President will contest the 2023 election or not. On the other hand, the tendency of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, showing interest in the Presidency in 2023 is a major speculation that has dominated the media space. OPERA NEWS sheds more light into the challenges and prospects of Messrs Abubakar and Tinubu running against one another for the Presidency in 2023. Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Tinubu The two big guns share different political backgrounds. As at the time Mr Abubakar was the Vice-President under the People's Democratic Party, Mr Tinubu was the Lagos State governor under Alliance for Democracy (AD). The Tinubu-led government in Lagos suffered in the hands of the PDP federal government, who denied it regular allocation, thus forcing it to generate money from within the state. Meanwhile, the decision of Abubakar to leave the PDP for APC, a conglomeration of several political parties, with the intent to contest in 2015, brought him on the same page with Tinubu. However, the relationship of the duo was severed when Abubakar left the APC back to PDP in 2017 to further his Presidential ambition. Prospect and Challenges Although none of them has made an official declaration to contest, diverse factors favour one than the other. Based on the numerical strength of the Northerners, Mr Atiku, who hails from Adamawa has a better chance than his supposed opponent. In the 2019 general elections, over 50 percent of the general votes came from the Northern states. Also with the revolt against Tinubu dynasty in Lagos evident in the 2019 general elections, some Igbos might teem up with the Northerners to bring their dream of relegating Tinubu to reality. Considering the zoning arrangement, Mr Tinubu is at an advantage because the South is the next to produce a President after the 8 years of President Muhammadu Buhari. Nonetheless, the two, at different times have been faced with corruption allegations. The former Vice President was alleged of diversion of funds while in Office. Also, Mr Tinubu allegedly amassed his wealth from various schemes in Lagos State, whose monies should go into the state account. Moreover, with the passage of the NotTooYoungToRun bill, youths are encouraged to vie for political offices including the Presidency. This factor does not favour both Messrs Abubakar and Tinubu who had clocked 72 and 65 respectively.

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