But should his advisers egg him on and Jonathan persists, he might loose at the convention since Atiku is a more astute political player than the greenhorn Jonathan. Atiku sure do have some fence-mending to do with a lot of people on his way to Aso Rock such as Obasanjo, Orji Uzor Kalu, Jubril Aminu, Muritala Nyako, all Obasanjo boys, and the Hausa/Fulani people of Northwestern Nigeria who always look down on Atiku's people of Northeastern Nigeria as bastards (hausa-bakwais) - a mountain of obstacles for him to surmount in order to get into Aso Rock. Icheoku knows for certain that it is going to be one heck of fight to finish, a tag-team sought of fight with Team Obasanjo/Jonathan led south battling it out against Team Babangida/Atiku led north. Icheoku can't wait for this mother of all fights to finally determine who really controls Nigeria to begin in order to see if the Nigerian question could be somehow resolved too just like Babangida's.
President Jonathan has proved that he cannot be trusted with power and such opportunist might not be a preferred partner needed for the Igbo project 2015; but what is Atiku bringing to the table?
In the final analysis, if Atiku wins the PDP primaries, he will have Buhari to content with in the final election 2011; but the odds always favors the party in power except an angry loser incumbent decides otherwise. If Jonathan scratches a victory, then it is going to be a real tough up climb for him against a formidable Buhari in the north with a possible running mate in Bola Tinubu from the southwest. Luckily a northerner is the INEC chairman so who knows where he might align himself at the opportune time; as politics is always about interest and not loyalty. One other good thing coming out of this northern consensus thing, aside of burying Babangida aspiration is that it shows the political maturity of the north, who faced with a motley of candidates managed to come together to resolve the issue amongst themselves peacefully. Icheoku hopes the Igbos of southeast will copy this example when it comes their turn in 2014 to chose their candidate. To Jonathan and Atiku, Icheoku says let the battle for the hearts and minds of PDP delegates begin and begin in all honesty! But one more thing, there should be a meeting and agreement between Jonathan and Atiku's team to respect the outcome of the primaries and support whoever wins and eventually fly the flag of the party in the general election.