The Oasis Reporters
October 10, 2017
It has been alleged that Goodluck Jonathan has met with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar over the 2019 presidential election in which the former vice president is very keen on contesting.
Goodluck Jonathan is also a former vice president who later succeeded his boss to become Nigeria’s president for one term of four years after completing the one year left of the tenure of Mr. Umaru Yar’adua who had died in office.
The two leaders allegedly met to discuss the possibility of Atiku returning to the PDP and Jonathan was said to have advised Atiku to consider returning to the PDP early enough to avoid being caught by certain provisions of the party’s constitution.
A section of the leadership of the opposition party is said to be routing for his return to the Party and there are reports that some PDP chieftains are making efforts to bring Atiku back to the party’s fold but that he gave them conditions which include being given the automatic ticket to contest for the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku was said to have met Jonathan for the purpose of looking into these conditions, especially, that of an automatic ticket.
Jonathan was said to have advised Atiku to consider returning to the PDP early enough to avoid being caught by certain provisions of the party’s constitution, which stipulate a period of time a member has to spend in the party before he could be eligible to contest for a political office, according to a ThisDay newspaper report.
“Atiku was advised to return early to enable him to fulfil the eligibility condition in the party’s constitution and also have ample time to integrate his political structure into the PDP’s,” a source privy to the meeting said.
“I stand a better chance to realise my ambition in the PDP than the APC”, Atiku Abubakar was quoted to have said.
The source said: “He was told to note a recent comment by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, stating that as the incumbent, President Buhari had a right of first refusal even when the decision would have to be his.
“That has been buoyed by Kaduna state Governor Nasir el-Rufai who had practically launched Buhari’s re-election campaign.”
Atiku Abubakar had reacted to some of the promises President Muhammadu Buhari made during his campaign.
He told him that he was elected based on his promises to fight corruption and bring about the needed change. But excuses seem to have taken over.