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2019: PDP Sinks Deeper As Saraki Lays Claim To Presidential Ticket

The hope of the  collapsing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in wrestling power from the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) in 2019 may be impossible as the Senate President is already laying claim to the PDP presidential ticket even with the party’s primary yet undecided.

Bukola saraki

The Senate president is hinging his claim on the submission that it is the turn of the North- Central which he represents ,to produce the president come 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Saraki, during a meeting with the Benue State Working Committee of the PDP in Makurdi, insisted that it was the turn of the North-Central zone to lead the country.
“As a geopolitical zone, we have paid our dues. It is the turn of our zone to lead Nigeria to stability. We have gone through bad times. The nation has become crises-ridden; the killings are uncalled for and the Benue valley is the worst hit. There should be justice to every citizen, regardless of geographical location.
According to him, Nigeria needs leaders who are capable of representing all interest groups, and not a section of the country.
“My presidential ambition is a collective decision borne out of a desire to salvage the disunity that we are witnessing,” he said.

Atiku Abubakar

Other presidential aspirants of the PDP, including ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a  former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, have also disagreed on the presidential ticket of the party in the 2019 elections. At separate fora yesterday, the aspirants also laid claim to the ticket insisting on their  readiness to go for the primary rather than yield to the North-Central claim of the Senate President.
Insisting that former Vice President Atiku will pick the ticket, the spokesman for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Mr Segun Sowunmi, said his principal was confident of emerging the PDP candidate.
Sowunmi was quoted in the media today as saying that since the PDP had not micro-zoned the Presidency to the North-Central, Atiku would not step down for anyone.
He said, “The business of zoning is a party matter, and the PDP, to the best of my knowledge, has not micro-zoned its Presidency. It was only zoned to the North.” Having said that, the former Vice-President has evolved beyond the candidacy of a tendency or even a zone.
“He is a pan-Nigeria candidate but we recognise that this country has become extremely divided and it takes a pan-Nigerian, who has a relationship with every part of this country to be able to bring the nation together. This is one of the many reasons he is needed”
Also, Kwankwaso, who spoke through his Principal Secretary, Binta Spikin, stated that only he could defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and as such would prefer to go for the primary rather than backing down for anybody.
According to Spikin, what is important is for the PDP to present a popular candidate who can beat Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
On the North-Central claim,she  said Kwankwaso wont agree with that.

Musa Rabi’u Kwankwaso

“No, we don’t agree and I don’t think we should agree. Why? It is because what we are looking at is that person who can deliver votes. And going by the happenings in Nigeria, Senator Kwankwaso is the only person who can beat President Muhammadu Buhari. That is if you are talking about mass followership.

“From whatever direction one is looking at it, the most interesting and obvious fact is, who can beat President Muhammadu Buhari in the next election, and that person is Senator Musa Rabi’u Kwankwaso.”she said.

By: Femi Adepoju

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