As part of the struggle for PDP to regain its ruling position in the Nigerian polity rather than being in the opposition, and regain its lost glory by any means in 2019, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has begun number of moves, including set plans to form alliance with other smaller party.
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In its bid to make sure that the All Progressives Congress loses the next presidential elections.
The party has identified the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, as the man that can help them regain their power, and they have started consultation and moves aimed at luring the Adamawa- born politician to their tent.
Daily Sun reported that meetings on how to woo Atiku back into the outgoing ruling party ended with resolutions on how “to get the former VP back into our fold (PDP), the party’s 2019 presidential ticket will be placed before him.”
A source who was at one of the meetings said the assignment of getting Atiku back has been given to the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, who is reportedly very close to Atiku.
In the possibility that Atiku turns down the offer, the PDP’s alternative is to woo the outgoing Kano state governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Asked why the PDP is pushing for Atiku’s return, the source explained that the choice of Atiku “is because of his presidential ambition which has come alive stronger soon after the victory of Gen Buhari at the polls, his deep pocket, his nationwide network and ability to provide leadership for the PDP across the country.”
“If Buhari got it at the fourth round, Atiku can also get it in his fourth attempt in 2019 hopefully, that is why some of us in PDP believe he’s central to our party’s comeback to power in the next general elections”, a PDP chieftain involved in the plot to entice Atiku to return to the party said.
“Should all solicitations to Atiku fail, which is 98 percent unlikely, Kwankwaso will be another viable option because of his firm grip on Kano which has always produced the largest bulk votes in democratic elections. Beside this, the Kano governor though now a Senator-elect equally enjoys wider acceptability across the country like Atiku in the just concluded general elections, taking the second position in the APC primaries despite his late declaration of interest.
Speaking on the issue, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said he could not confirm or deny if there were pressures on the former vice-president to return to the party, but noted that the PDP would be happy to have Atiku join its ranks.
According to Metuh: “I can’t confirm that because there is nothing concrete to it.
But every genuine and well-meaning member of our party would want Atiku back. He is a great mobiliser. So, why not? At this time that we are down, he is a great asset and can be a rallying figure. I think every genuine PDP member would welcome such an idea.”