Monday, 18 December 2017

Tension Deepening Within PDP Over Atiku

Tension in PDP over Atiku/multi candidate presidential ambition

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar may be in for a rough battle in his presidential ambition. Following Atiku's unsurprising cross-carpet to PDP, other prominent candidates in the party haves started spelling it out for Aitku

The Sun reports that although former chairman of the PDP caretaker committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, had come out to say he would not run, there were indications that he would. Before the PDP’s national convention, Makarfi’s spokesperson in a statement had said: “The fact is that the senator was asked what threat the return of Atiku Abubakar to the party portends to the aspirations of others who had either made their intentions known or those, who, like him were rumoured to be nursing such ambition. 

“His answer was that Atiku’s return would not, in any way adversely affect the rights of any member of the party to aspire to any position, adding that there were no preconditions to the return as Atiku Abubakar did not ask for, neither did the party offer any concessions to him beforehand. 

“Senator Ahmed Makarfi wishes to assure the teeming members and supporters of the PDP and indeed the entire country that his own major preoccupation at the moment is to discharge the responsibility given to him to lead the process of repositioning the party, which he hopes will culminate in the conduct of a very credible and transparent convention. This is what matters the most to him at this moment.” 

After the convention however, a source from the Makarfi camp insisted that Atiku’s ambition would not stop his own. The source said: “He has always believed that power belongs to God. In 2007, when PDP governors rooted for him, but someone else was chosen, he fell in line like a good party man that he is and behaved as if nothing happened. He supported the person that was chosen because he believes you cannot get something by force. So he will go into the contest with the same disposition.” 

Similarly, Alhaji Sule Lamido said he would be the next president after Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement by one of his aides, Kyari Jitau, he said he knew he would not be the only one seeking the presidential ticket. 

He said: “Recall the event of his meeting with state chairmen of the party. He said he knew others would also join in the race, but urged the stakeholders to ensure that they choose the best for the party and for the country. “And at the risk of sounding immodest I don’t see anyone who is capable of constituting a threat to him in the party. Historically, he started politics before all of them. Therefore, ideologically, he stands out. We have seen what he can do with his experiment in Jigawa. That is why they refer to him as a good repairer. So we need him to help repair Nigeria. “Like some analysts say, PDP needs someone who can break the votes in Kano and Kaduna axis. Alhaji Sule Lamido looks good to make that happen. He is a party man to the core. He’s got the political capacity and sagacity to turn the tide against the APC if given the opportunity by the party. So we leave everything to God and to the party. 

Only God gives power." Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau who is the former governor of Kano said he was battle ready for 2019. Speaking through his media aide, Shekarau said: “We are battle ready. We ran in 2003 for governorship, we had no money, but we won. We ran in 2007 for a second term, and despite the odds against us, God made it possible. We have run for the presidency before and so we are not threatened by Atiku’s return to the PDP. Ultimately it is the electorate that will decide. We rely on God and not anyone else. We are in the race, there is no going back.” 

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