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Monday, 27 November 2017

Atiku's Defection Hits Brick-wall As PDP Govs Tackle Jonathan, Plot To Make Him Ineligible For PDP Presidential Primary

Atiku's Defection Hits Brick-wall As PDP Govs Tackle Jonathan, Plot To Make Him Ineligible For PDP Presidential Primary

Atiku Abubakar's Defection

Some governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have vowed to oppose the plan by a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to pick the party's presidential ticket ahead of the 2019 general election, News Proof understands

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Atiku's return, according to The Nation Newspaper has split the PDP governors. Those oppose to Atiku's return has, however, expressed their grievance on the former President Goodluck Jonathan's endorsement of Atiku, and are resolved to oppose Jonathan’s plan to back Atiku as the party’s presidential candidate.

They claim not to have been consulted by Jonathan.

The aggrieved Governors have plotted to scuttle the planned waiver for Atiku, News Proof has learned reliably

The waiver is prerequisite that will make Atiku eligible to contest the PDP presidential primary election

Some of the governors and party leaders prefer National Caretaker Committee Chairman Ahmed Makarfi,   former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and one-time Governor of Kano State Ibrahim Shekarau.

The governors have reportedly said they were “not keen to work for Atiku”.

A governor who spoke in confidence according to The Nation said: “Not all the PDP governors have bought into the Atiku agenda, we are not united on him. 

If we have our way, some of us will go for Makarfi who has shown uncommon leadership in reuniting PDP. And those of us in this group are encouraging him to join the presidential race.

“Some of our leaders also prefer Lamido or Shekarau. If we have any issue with Makarfi, it is about rumours on his health and we have conducted our research, the ex-governor is as fit as a fiddle. It is all propaganda.

“As I am talking to you, we have not been fully consulted by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Atiku’s candidature.

“At the end of the day, we will follow the rule of law, the  party’s constitution and go to the field to elect a presidential candidate.  What if our members decide not to grant Atiku a waiver to contest the presidential primaries?  ”He is a new member, he can as well queue like others.

“Some of our leaders speak about Atiku as a political asset in the North but he was a distant third in the APC presidential primaries. We won’t be blind on our choice this time around. I think programmes and not personality should matter to PDP.”

Meanwhile, Atiku has continued his consultations prior to his return and registration as a PDP member in Jada 1 Ward, Adamawa State.

The Adamawa chapter of the APC yesterday confirmed the receipt of Atiku’s resignation letter.

State Secretary of APC Alhaji Saidu Nera confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.

Nera said he was yet to get the letter but the party officials of Jada 1 Ward in Jada Local Government Area where Atiku registered had told him that they had received the letter.

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Atiku spent the weekend holding talks with some of PDP’s Northeast Zonal executives; Adamawa PDP executives and party leaders from Jada Local Government, Jada 1 Ward and zonal executives.

PDP State Secretary Abdulllahi Prambe described the meetings as fruitful.

“Our meeting with him has been fruitful and from his body language, he will soon return to PDP,” Prambe said.

“With Atiku, the party will carry more weight and more people will also troop in,” he said.

It was learnt that Atiku might meet Governors Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Ishaku Darius (Taraba) in Abuja this week on his plans to return to the PDP and seek their cooperation.

Although he was silent on when he would rejoin the PDP, there were speculations that he might re-register in  Jada 1 Ward of PDP on December 6.

A former member of the National Working Committee (NWC) said: “Some of the governors have been working behind the scene with Jonathan on the Atiku project. We see him as a game changer and that is why we are desperate to woo him.

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