2019: Atiku, Tambuwal Split PDP Governors, Leaders
Another crisis is brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the party’s presidential ticket for next year’s election.
The party leaders including governors are divided over who to support and give the party's ticket.
They are torn between handing over the ticket to members who stayed in the party since 2015 when the party became an opposition party, or those who recently defected to the party.
So far, about 11 aspirants are in contention for the PDP ticket, which has been zoned to the North.
Among those who have publicly declared their intention to run for the presidency are former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido; former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki; immediate past Chairman of PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Datti Baba Ahmed, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, and former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa.
Senate President Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who rejoined the party some weeks ago, are also interested in the PDP presidential ticket.
A source at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja said: “There is ‘cold war’ now in the party since Tambuwal and Saraki came back. You know, they are interested in the presidency.
“With that, the front runners would be Atiku and Tambuwal. As a matter of fact, the battle is a straight one between Atiku and Tambuwal. The governors and other party stakeholders are divided.
“The interesting thing this time is that the governors are not united unlike before. (Nyesom) Wike is mobilising for Tambuwal, but (Seriake) Dickson and Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, are supporting Atiku. So, it may be difficult to predict who will likely pick the ticket.”
He said, however, that those who had remained in the party like Makarfi, Lamido and others, are not happy that defectors are being given attention ahead of them. Atiku, Tambuwal, Saraki and Kwankwaso are the returnees seeking PDP’s presidential ticket.
According to another source, those who had remained in PDP thought that the presidential ticket would be a compensation for any one of them for remaining loyal to the party, while others were on political green pasture elsewhere.
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