Intrigues As PDP Goes Into A Now-Or-Never Presidential Primary
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today (Saturday) head into a presidential primary to choose its candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
While governors of the party and over 3,619 delegates are poised to decide the fate of the aspirants seeking to fly the party’s flag in the contest, the aspirants, it was gathered, have refused to step down for one another heading into the contest.
Indications show that the race remains tight as none of the aspirants, at the time of filing this report, had officially withdrawn from the contest.
The aspirants in the race for the presidential ticket of the PDP are; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, senate President Bukola Saraki, Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe state Governor Ibrahim Dankwabo; former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido; former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi; a former minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, and a former senator, Dr Baba Datti Ahmed.
Others are a former Senate president, David Mark; a former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and former Plateau State governor, Senator Jonah Jang.
It was gathered that the aspirants were still bent on contesting for the position even as moves were being made to prune the number at the last minute.
Given the level of mobilisation and electioneering by the aspirants, the outcome could be close,
In the history of the party, this is the first time it will be going into a contest of this nature without clear direction of where the party’s leadership was headed, in terms of who may likely pick the ticket.
Up till the time of filing this report, the governors are still divided over who to back. But sources told Saturday Sun that they may harmonise their positions before the contest starts later today
Like the governors, the lawmakers too, elected on the platform of the PDP and other critical stakeholders are yet to decide in the open who their choice aspirants are
It was also learnt that the influence of non-PDP members, especially the bloc of retired generals, leaders from the geo-political zones like the Niger Delta elders, Northern Elders Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Afenifere, is also coming to bear on how the candidate might emerge.
There were media reports on Friday that Lamido, Mark and Dankwambo had withdrawn from the race in support of Tambuwal. But in a swift reaction, the media director at Dankwambo’s Campaign office, Ayoade Adewopo denied the reports.
Mark and Lamido has equally denied the reports.
Bounce investigations , however, showed that Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal and Kwankwaso appear to be in the forefront of the canvass for the votes of the delegates who will determine the battle for the party’s ticket today.
Tambuwal is perceived as the favourite of most the governors, especially the influential ones among them
He is also said to enjoy a favourable consideration from the northern intelligentsia in the party.
Atiku's depth of consultations ahead of today’s contest is unrivalled.
He is far ahead of others as he has a formidable, well oiled and intimidating political structure with tentacles across nooks and crannies of the country.
Though a late entrant into the race, Saraki has moved in a faster political speed across the country, selling his candidacy.
He has the support of political associates of his late father and that of his many parliamentary friends and allies.
Kwankwaso draws his strength in the contest for the PDP presidential ticket from the massive followership in Kano State and most parts of the Core North. His political group, the Kwankwasiyya movement, is considered very formidable and would be a ready tool to mobilise delegates to support his aspiration.
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