2019: Atiku, Saraki, PDP Governors Hold Crucial Meeting
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and members of the party’s presidential campaign council have met behind closed-doors in Abuja to brood over commencement of the party’s presidential campaign.
The meeting, which was held at the PDP Presidential Campaign office (Legacy House) was attended by notable members of the council including the party's National Chairman, Uche Secondus and the Director-General of the PDP presidential campaign council, who is also the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
Others present at the meeting were the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, zonal coordinator; and a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
Others were the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Kabiru Turaki, and governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom.
Sources at the meeting said Atiku formally informed the members of his desire to run a broad-based campaign devoid of acrimony and that he would want the campaign to be issue-based.
The source said: “We have all accused President Muhammadu Buhari of nepotism. That’s why we said the person being suggested as spokesman should not do it. Though he is a good candidate and has the ability to do the job, but his state of origin worked against him.
“This is because Saraki who is the DG of the campaign council is from Kwara state while the national publicity secretary of the party is from Kogi state. The two states used to be one and both are from the north central region. That’s why we are beaming our searchlight on another person".
Recalled that Atiku, Saraki and Secondus had a few weeks ago met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to fine-tune the party's campaign strategy ahead of the November 18 commencement date.
The special strategy session was meant to put finishing touches to some of the PDP’s plans aimed at defeating Buhari at the next poll.
Sources close to the meeting disclosed that Atiku was also used the forum to perfect his comprehensive policy document, "detailing how he intends to improve Nigeria".
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