Ex-Atiku spokesperson, Daniel Bwala, again, meets Tinubu, this time in France

Tinubu and Bwala

Daniel Bwala, a former spokesperson for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 2023 presidential poll, has met with President Bola Tinubu in Paris, France for the second time. 

The meeting has fueled speculations of Bwala's imminent return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Bwala had supported President Tinubu during the presidential primaries of the APC but withdrew his support because of the controversial Muslim/Muslim ticket of the APC. He subsequently resigned from the ruling party after President Tinubu announced Kashim Shettima, a Muslim and former Borno State governor, as his running mate. 

Bwala is a northern Christian and a legal practitioner. As an aide to Atiku, he was ferocious in his attacks on Mr Tinubu and the ruling party during the presidential election. President Tinubu defeated Atiku in the election prompting the latter to institute a legal action. The president won in both the tribunal and the Supreme Court.

Hear Bwala on the Paris meeting: “It was a pleasure to meet with the father of the nation, President Bola Tinubu in Paris today (Monday), (January 29, 2024)” Bwala post on X (formerly Twitter).

“He continues to share his thoughts and demonstrate his passion to lead Nigeria out of the woods.”

Bwala’s Monday visit occurred about three weeks after he visited the President in Aso Villa, Abuja, according to Channels Television report.

The Channels Television report continues: Bwala, a rabid critic of Tinubu, the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had said his decision to now support the ex-governor of Lagos State, who won the February 2023 presidential poll, does not mean he betrayed Atiku.

He had described as absurd, criticisms trailing his sudden-found support for Tinubu whom he flayed during the 2023 politicking process.

In July 2022, Bwala, then an APC member, dumped the ruling party when Tinubu announced his running mate as ex-Borno governor, Kashim Shettima. The lawyer and politician faulted Tinubu for his choice of a Muslim as himself as a running mate and quickly joined the campaign train of Atiku, a Muslim and ex-Vice President, who chose a Christian as running mate in the person of ex-Delta governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Bwala was one of the very vocal and unsparing spokespersons of Atiku during the campaign that culminated into the last poll.

However, the lawyer shocked Nigerians on January 10, 2024 when he met with the President at the Aso Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s political capital, and declared his unalloyed support for him.

Bwala has since attracted a scathing string of criticisms with many questioning his political ideology but the lawyer said, “even ideology, you have the right to change ideology”.

The lawyer had said his job as Atiku’s spokesman during the last campaign was that of a salesman with the sole responsibility of selling a product and demarketing competitors. Bwala, who made a sharp U-turn, said he never said Tinubu wasn’t fit to be Nigeria’s President, adding that now that Atiku did not win, Tinubu is okay for the job.

He had also said the President did not promise him any appointment in his cabinet during Wednesday visit but he would be willing to work with the President in any capacity offered him in the interest of the Nigerian people, the Channels report concluded.
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