Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has returned back to the country from his Dubai home after his nine-month stay outside the country.
Atiku arrived in Nigeria on Saturday night through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport after being away from the country since February this year.
He was received upon his return by close aides, few family members and political associates in adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
Atiku’s return is not unconnected to the upcoming wedding of his son, Aliyu Abubakar, who holds the title of Turaki Adamawa, a position the former Vice President previously occupied before his being crowed as Wazirin Adamawa, the second highest title in the Fombina Emirate.
But more importantly, the Wazirin Adamawa may have been back into the country to reassert his politically stature waning as a result of his long stay overseas.
With the Edo elections concluded and governors Nyesom Wike and Aminu Tambuwal feted with applause over their roles in the outcome of that polls won by the candidate of the PDP, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Atiku”s loyalists have expressed concerns that he (Atiku) cannot afford another less than visible role in the forthcoming Ondo governorship polls.
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Even though family sources say the former Vice President’s return has nothing to do with politics.
A family, source, who didn’t want to be named, told our reporter that Atiku was expected to pay condolences to Zazzau Emirate over the demise of Alhaji Shehu Idris, Emir of Zazzau, the Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Mustapha, over the death of late Khadija Mustapha, a step mother to the Emir and mother to Atiku’s wife, Hajia Rukaiyya Atiku, and also the families of Adamu Modibbo, a close associate who died recently.
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