2019: What Atiku must do to become our candidate — PDP BOT Chair

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar . [Photo credit: Guardian Nigeria]

The Peoples Democratic Party has urged Atiku Abubakar to be ready to play by the rules once he rejoins the party in the coming days.

Mr. Atiku dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress Friday morning. There are strong indications of his imminent arrival at the major opposition party.

Walid Jibrin, the chairman the PDP Board of Trustees, briefly touched on Mr. Atiku’s political future during an interview witn PREMIUM TIMES Sunday night.

Mr. Jibrin, a former senator from Nasarawa State, said the PDP field of presidential contenders has expanded in recent weeks, and Mr. Abubakar should expect a rigorous competition for the party’s ticket.

He said the PDP is expecting him, but first, the former former vice-president “must subject himself to all the constitutional instruments of the party” if he “really wants to be president” by 2019, Mr. Jibrin told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone.

He said most of the presidential hopefuls that have expressed their intention since the party ‘zoned’ its presidential ticket to the north are political heavyweights.

All our candidates are very strong and the former vice-president is going to meet some interesting challengers, Mr. Jibrin added.

Sule Lamido and Ibrahim Shekarau are amongst those who have commenced 2019 consultations in recent weeks on the platform of the PDP.

Mr. Abubakar is expected to join the party at his ward in his home state of Adamawa in the coming days, a source close to the former vice president told PREMIUM TIMES Sunday night.

His registration would be in time for his participation at the party’s national convention scheduled for December 9 in Abuja, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Members are also expected to elect a substantive chairman for the party at the convention. Mr. Jibrin told PREMIUM TIMES he won’t back three of the eight chairmanship candidates who are members of the BOT.

“As leaders of the party, we’re supposed to play down on our personal political ambitions,” the PDP chieftain said.

Tunde Adeniran, Bode George and Uche Secondus are members of the PDP Board of Trustees, which has long been dubbed the conscience of the party.


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  • Omoba

    Please can any1 tell Atiku to visit USA?How can some1 that really need to become the Nigeria President by all mean necessary can’t visit USA?lol.If I wear Atiku I will just save my more money cuz he’s just wasting his time & energy. What we did to GEJ 2015 will repeat itself come 2019.

    • sirOscie

      why should he visit the USA?
      what is so special about the USA sef?

      • Samie

        Nothing is special my brother……..except that obvious corruption is punished in that land.

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    all he needs do is buy their votes,as usual ……

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  • Suleiman Alatise

    Everyone knows that the PDP ticket is always for the highest bidder.

  • Nuorah

    Atiku is a genuine democrat, very forgiving. He is the geat employer of labour

    • Suleiman Alatise

      I don’t believe that, genuine Democrats are not saboteurs for whatever reason, talkless of politics.

  • gboyegaa

    Atiku has nothing to offer. He has no character one would expect from a leader. He is only interested in going down in history as a former Nigerian president.
    He has been jumping from one party to the other instead of staying in one to compete. He does not have what it takes or should I say what Nigerians are looking for in a leader that would take them out of the over 50 years of movement in the wrong direction.
    How he will lead Nigeria as a country will not be different from how he ran Intels. He will work with foreign companies and foreigners to defraud the country as he did with Intels.

  • Baba Jada

    The reward of hard work is success, Anyone can make it by the grace
    of God Almighty. Atiku is a true visionary who believes in One Nigeria, He has
    both the determination and experience to move Nigeria forward. Atiku isn’t
    sectional or tribal but accommodating of all Nigerians. Your country
    needs you Atiku. #Nigeriaforall2019