- Atiku has met with Afenifere leaders including Gbenga Daniel, Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala ahead of 2019
- The former vice president is weighing his options but believes that he would do well in the south east and south south regions
- Lamido has declared his intention to enter the race for the presidency in 2019
Ahead of the 2019 elections, there is an ongoing battle for supremacy between former vice president Atiku Abubakar and a former governor of Jigawa state Dr. Sule Lamido.
According to the New Telegraph, both men are preparing intensely for an imminent showdown.
A source reportedly stated that due to the uncertainties surrounding Buhari and Osinbajo in the race, "Atiku has opted to shun the Bola Tinubu-led south-west block of the APC (due to Osinbajo), preferring rather to court the leadership of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere and some former governors in the south-west, who he believes would be able to work for him when the real battle starts."
NAIJ.com gathered that ahead of 2019, some Afenifere leaders including former governors Gbenga Daniel, Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala, among others have already been contacted by the former vice president.
Accordingly, Atiku believes that he will not have a lot of problems in the south east and south south zone, regardless of what party he contests under.
The former vice president is considering his options and keeping his cards close to his chest.
If the Ahmed Makarfi faction wins at the Supreme Court, Atiku may decide to pick the PDP ticket.
The Makarfi faction of the PDP is reportedly putting pressure on Atiku to return to the party even though the former vice president has maintained overtime that he remains an APC member.
According to another source in Atiku’s camp: “There are many options. There are many offers, but you know Turaki is in the APC. But you also know politicians.
“The decision of the Supreme Court either way could change a lot of things with the PDP.
“If that ruling comes soon, then the field might be opened wider than it is now. But different groups have approached Turaki. That is for sure.”
Regardless, Lamido is staking a strong claim for the presidency. He has, in fact, declared his bid.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported earlier that the support for former vice president Atiku Abubakar to contest in the 2019 presidential election has got the backing of a group who said Atiku had the right to contest the election on any political platform which he desires.
The group, under the umbrella of Concerned Nigerian Youth Development Organisation (CYNDO), said no intimidation can stop the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar.
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