Is it providence, coincidence or the work of men that the presidential hopeful and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has not, for the third time, fulfilled his scheduled dates to visit Kogi State?
Kogi State government is APC where Atiku defected from and the governor is a hard supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari. Yet, the PDP is strong in the state and Atiku has been threading even where angels feared to.
Reports said for the third time now, Atiku, a forceful personality in the PDP, has shifted his campaign visit to kogi state.
The former vice president is shifting his visit to Kogi State, after the earlier scheduled date, which happened to be on the 27th of August to 29th, and now it has been shifted to another date yet to be disclosed.
It was observed that two days before the later re-scheduled date, banners of Atiku had already graced the entire premises of state party secretariat along Zone 8 Junction in Lokoja.
However, the delegate’s high expectation of the August visit was dashed. PDP faithfuls and admirers later received information about the re-sheduled visit of the Turaki of Adamawa, as the presidential aspirant’s campaign organisation, headed by the Director General, Otumba Gbenga Daniel, wrote to shift the date again and indefinitely this time.
The letter under special announcement read thus:
“Dear Kogi Stakeholders, I am constrained to once again apologise on behalf of our Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, and the Campaign Organization on the need to reschedule the Kogi visit previously scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday).”
“The Party’s NWC has invited His Excellency to a most important and crucial meeting tomorrow (Thursday), in Abuja and we believe it is for a very good cause, and it is important for him to be there. Another date will be arranged without fail. Meanwhile, the visit to Niger State will proceed as scheduled on Thursday, 30th August 2018.”
“Please accept our unreserved apologies,” the apology latter added.
The development it was learnt has created disappointment and inconvenience among some of the delegates.One of the delegate who pleaded anonymity told journalists that he has adjusted his personal programmes twice to honor Turaki’s visit.
“I was suppose to be in my local government to attend to my personal programmes that are very much important to me because of Atiku’s visit, this development has caused me a lot of inconveniences. Now they have shifted the date again.Even if they fix another date, what make you think they will not shift it again,” he asked.
Another delegate who was visibly unhappy due to the resheduled visit said “I have been in Lokoja since yesterday (on Tuesday), for this visit, only for them to come up with another idea of shifting it . I am tired”. He lamented.