The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket for the 2015 general elections, too many odds seem to be balancing in favour of former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He has gone ahead of the pack by being the first to declare his interest, collect the nomination form and even submit the required document while others were still struggling to take a decision.
While other frontline aspirants like General Muhammadu Buhari, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Kano State Governor, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Sam Ndah Isaiah appear undecided on how to frontally attack the presidential ticket, Atiku looks more than prepared for the 2015 race if the steps he has taken so far are counted in his favour.
Interestingly, while former Vice President Atiku Abubakar declared his intention to vie for the ticket in September at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, former Military Head of State, General Muhamadu Buhari took the centre stage at the Eagle Square also in Abuja on Wednesday, October 15. Another strong contender and Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso also confirmed his intention. Atiku had documented a policy position as the main thrust of his campaign and what will set them apart as the transformation agenda.
He feels that the document is the explicit bid to modify the way the machinery of Federal Government works by clarifying and streamlining ministries, departments and agencies and the responsibilities of removing overlaps and operational redundancies by systematically devolving and delegating operational responsibilities to states and local governments, and private sector organisations.
This document which his team led by former Education Minister, Professor Babalola Borishade addressed habits and practices that currently compromise policy implementation and enshrining good governance as the hallmark of his administration.
The idea which Atiku has brought to the table and which was subjected to a retreat and debate is that the Federal Government would be most effective by concentrating on a few priority areas like Employment Generation& Wealth Creation, Infrastructure & Power, Education & Skills Acquisition, Security, Citizenship and Governance, Agriculture & Food Security, Niger Delta and the North East Re-integration
The fact according to the document is that the policies are linked and can be tackled holistically and effectively through public private partnership. There is a recognition that the private sector is best suited to do certain things and on others the public sector will deliver optimally with significant social benefits. On the other hand, appropriate government to government (G2G) cooperation and co-ordination at all tiers will deliver an optimal solution. Grassroots challenges are best dealt with at local or state levels rather than being lumbered on distant Federal Government. PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2