48 Laws of Power…Law 23: Concentrate Your Forces
Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another—intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.
FOCUS: Abubakar Atiku’s first foray into politics was in the early 1980s, when he worked behind-the-scenes on the governorship campaign of Bamanga Tukur, who at that time was managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority. He canvassed for votes on behalf of Tukur, and also donated to the campaign. Atiku Abubakar met Shehu Musa Yar’Adua at the end of his Custom service, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, who had been second-in-command of the military government that ruled Nigeria between 1976 and 1979. He then started attending political meetings with Shehu Musa Yar’Adua every now and then. In 1989 Atiku became the National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, as such, he participated in the transition program initiated by Head of State Ibrahim Babangida. Atiku Abubakar was later elected to represent his constituency at the 1989 Constituent Assembly.
On 1 September 1990, Atiku announced his Gongola State gubernatorial bid. A year later, before the elections could hold, Gongola State was broken up into two – Adamawa and Taraba States – by the Federal Government. Atiku fell into the new Adamawa State. After an acrimonious contest he won the Social Democratic Party (SDP), SDP Primaries in November 1991, but was soon disqualified by government from contesting the elections.
Atiku won the primary election to contest for the gubernatorial election under the platform of Social Democratic Party in 1991 but was disqualified by government from contesting the elections. In 1992, Atiku was to contest in a presidential election, but stepped down for MKO Abiola
In 1998 Atiku won election as the Governor of Adamawa State, but before his swearing-in, He was called by the People’s Democratic Party PDP’s presidential candidate, Olusegun Obasanjo to be his running-mate. Obasanjo and Atiku eventually won the election on February 27, 1999, and Atiku became the vice president of Nigeria on May 29, 1999.
On December 20, 2006, Atiku Abubakar was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC). After the election, Atiku Abubakar took third place, behind (PDP) candidate Umaru Yar’Adua and ANPP candidate Muhammadu Buhari, with approximately 7% of the vote (2.6 million votes). In January 2011, Atiku contested for the Presidential ticket of People’s Democratic Party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary.
On February 2, 2014, Atiku left the Peoples Democratic Party and joined All Progressives Congress. On December 11, 2014, Atiku Abubakar contested for presidential ticket under the All progressive congress and lost to Munammadu Buhari who emerged the party’s presidential flag bearer.
Mr. Atiku is also known to have had close dalliances with other political parties including the People’s Democratic Movement, PDM and the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.