2019 presidency: Atiku will enrich himself, cronies if elected – American group

American political risk consultancy firm, Eurasia Group, has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will enrich himself and his cronies if he wins the presidential elections.

The group, however, said Atiku, because of “his better health and keener intellect” compared to President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, “would create a brief, superficial boost to the country’s image.”

The Eurasia Group said this in an annual report it published on December 7 for 2019.

The report says Atiku is a “gerontocrat who would focus on enriching himself and his cronies, avoiding the difficult and politically unpopular tasks necessary for reform.”

“But it would also pose the risk of a return to an even more rent-seeking governing style,” the group added.

Eurasia Group’s Top 10 risks report put Nigeria as the 10th risk with a focus on the nation’s February 2019 elections.

Nigeria heads to the poll in the next 36 days.

A former Vice President, Atiku will be contending with about 59 candidates for the post of presidency.

However, Atiku’s main contender will be President Buhari, who he left behind in APC to run for the presidency under the PDP.

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