The Oasis Reporters
November 27, 2017
Nigeria’s former vice-president, under the Olusegun Obasanjo regime, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been holding series of meetings with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his home state of Adamawa.
Atiku had hitherto quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday. He was, however, silent on his next political move but political watchers opine that the ambition was to grab the presidential nomination of a party, and for now, his eyes seem set on the opposition PDP ticket, a party on whose platform he had been vice president for 8 years.
Atiku has reportedly met with Adamawa state PDP executives at all levels, as well as state chairmen from the six states that constitute the North-East.
Abdullahi Prambe, state secretary of PDP, said the meetings have been fruitful. “Our meeting with him has been fruitful and from his body language he will soon return to the PDP,” Prambe told reporters. He described Abubakar’s return as a big boost to the PDP.
“With Atiku, the party will carry more weight and more people will also troop in,” he added.
Pundits are not too sure if there would be any opposition to Atiku Abubakar’s quest for the coveted ticket to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election, but agree that a dark horse may emerge, especially from the largely Christian middle belt who are grouped together as part of the North, but remain largely neglected in the political scheme of things.