The push to get former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) and return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to enhance the opposition party’s bid to return to power in 2019 may have gained traction with a recent discrete meeting between him and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The conference held to encompass been detained at the order of Atiku, who was supposed to be earnestly bearing in mind offers finished to him by a portion of the leadership of the resistance outfit to return, according to a THISDAY source, explored the prestige of the action and concluded that it would be a useful biased endeavour that can stop terminate I'm sorry? equally chief politicians regarded as the undistinguished decree of the APC.
THISDAY had in a fresh statement indicated that here were collaborative hard work by more or less PDP leaders to carry Atiku put a bet on to the party’s fold but that he gave conditions, together with an self-reliance that he would be set its preset permit to contest the 2019 presidential election.
The novel congregation with Jonathan was assumed to cover looked into the leeway of this proviso with equally of them assumed to give birth to fixed that each and every one options be supposed to be reserved unlock as the supporting dynamics of the country remained fluid, requiring a new pragmatic slant to the rise in politicking, which the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) warned against few weeks.
The electoral empire’s head Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, had cautioned politicians against supporting campaigns for 2019, axiom the injunction on electioneering was until now to be lifted in accordance with Electoral behave 2010 as amended.
But Jonathan was held to suffer advised Atiku to contemplate frequent to the PDP basic adequate to forestall heart trapped by a selection of provisions of the party’s constitution, which demand a stage of time a component has to use in the bash before he may possibly be eligible to contest for a opinionated office.
“Atiku was advised to go back initial to facilitate him to fulfil the eligibility term in the party’s constitution and plus say ample time to integrate his opinionated construct into the PDP’s,” a stool pigeon privy to the business meeting said.
The basis supposed it was completed clear to Atiku that he stood a surpass ability to realise his hope in the PDP than the APC since head Muhammadu Buhari looked arrangement to be certain a desirable of to begin with refusal by his party’s leadership.
According to the source: “He was told to communication a contemporary expansion by the APC inhabitant Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, stating that as the incumbent, head Buhari had a accurate of original refusal still what time the assessment would cover to be his.
“That has been buoyed by Kaduna testify controller Nasir el-Rufai who had all but launched Buhari’s re-election campaign.”
Referring to the reactions of the APC leadership and stalwarts to the recent declaration of support for his presidential ambition by the Minister of Women Affairs and Youth Development, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, the source said it was made clear to Atiku that there was nothing left for him in the APC and that he should just return to the PDP where he could reunite more easily with other founding fathers who were eager to rebuild the party.
THISDAY had reported exclusively in a recent report that key leaders of the PDP were in talks with Atiku over his possible return to the party he co-founded in 1998.
But the earlier junior head was assumed to bear insisted on a little state of affairs to be met before he might leave the APC for the PDP. This built-in an assertion that he would cause the party’s presidential without a contest.
“The furtive deliberations are ongoing with a wing of the leadership of the PDP and this has confident the ex- vice-president to establish consultations with essential leaders in the northern and southern parts of the country,” a cause had told THISDAY, adding: “However, Atiku has learned the PDP leaders who partake of approached him to assurance him the appointment of the company for the presidential ballot vote before he be able to ditch the APC, as he does not hunger to be messed up for the third time.”
Findings had shown that several governors in the PDP, especially Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State who had also declared his presidential intention, were willing to allow Atiku return to the PDP. Party sources had claimed that Fayose would not mind positioning for the vice presidency candidacy as Atiku was a strong politician who looked ready to take over power.
Multiple sources had told THISDAY that the leadership of the PDP was comfortable with Atiku whom they believed was well liked by both northerners and southerners even as they downplayed the issue of his old age.
According to a source, the leaders believed emphasis should be placed on the state of his health rather than his age.
“We had the late President Umaru Yar’Adua who was in his mid-fifties but he had health issues which led to his demise midway into his presidency. Also, President Muhammadu Buhari had health issues which we warned against during electioneering in 2015, but it was dismissed as hate speech. “Then we have persons that are the same age or much older but are healthy and physically fit. So Nigerians should be more concerned about a person’s health than his age,” the source stated.
The source said the APC chieftain was aware of the issues surrounding his age and health and he is prepared to make his medical certificates for the last ten years public to allay any concern about his health.