2019: Igbos Put Pressure On Atiku To Agree To Only 1 Term
It has emerged that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar seems not to be interested in committing himself to a single term in office if he wins next year’s election.
Atiku is currently under pressure from prominent Igbo leaders to agree to do only one term in office as a condition for the geo-political zone to support him.
The idea is to pave the way for a Southeasterner to succeed him in 2023.
But Atiku, who believes his choice of Peter Obi from the zone is enough as an expression of his respect for the people, is not keen on doing one term.
Southeast stakeholders, including prominent political leaders, are worried that the zone may have to wait till 2027 to have a shot at the Presidency should Atiku stick to his gun, and goes on to win the 2019 election.
It was learnt that the issue was the main subject of discussion at a meeting in Enugu last week when a committee earlier mandated to discuss the request with Atiku and his handlers reported back to the house.
The committee, sources said, informed the meeting that the PDP presidential candidate gave no definite answer on their proposal.
Those at the meeting were said to have expressed disappointment at the situation, coming so soon after Atiku was accused of not consulting them in picking Obi as his running mate.
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Although Atiku had, in a previous interview pledged to do only one term, sources said he has refused so far to give any such undertaking since he was nominated at the Port Harcourt convention of the PDP.
Atiku was quoted in that interview as saying: “I have said it before on my own initiative… if I am elected as the President in 2019; I give an undertaking that I would only do one term… I am prepared to sign an undertaking to do only one term.”
Sources said he has not come forward to give effect to that vow, since he got the PDP ticket.
A source close to him confirmed the development, but denied that Atiku is now dodging the issue
Already, many of Atiku supporters are believed to be worried about South-east's mobilisation in next year’s general election, especially, since the governors, who are unhappy with the current situation, are effectively in control of their people.
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