- Presidential aspirant and ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar has assured of his continued loyalty to PDP even if he loses the party's presidential ticket
- Atiku says if he fails to secure the party's presidential ticket, he won't defect from the party
- The former vice president is, however, optimistic that he will become the party's flag-bearer in the 2019 presidential election
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar on Thursday, August 30, said he would not defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) anymore, even if he failed to secure the party’s presidential ticket.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Atiku stated this in Minna, Niger state, while addressing party supporters at the PDP headquarters.
NAIJ.com gathers that he, however, expressed optimism of winning the presidential ticket of the party if a level-playing ground was provided.
Abubakar called on the leadership of the party to demonstrate high sense of political maturity in conducting free, fair and transparent presidential primaries.
He said that such political commitment would boost the party’s chances in the presidential election.
The former vice president said: "I am ever ready to work towards the success of the party if level-playing ground is provided during the party primaries.
”Whether I become the presidential candidate or not, I want to assure you that I will always discharge my obligations to ensure the success of the polls."
He explained that all the presidential aspirants met with the national working committee of the party on Wednesday where they later signed an affirmation to support whoever emerges as the party’s flag bearer.
Atiku said he was ready to align with the decision, adding that he was in Niger to solicit the support of party members, especially delegates to the forthcoming convention to actualise his aspiration.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that an international public affairs analyst, Boladale Adekoya, advised the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to do everything within its power to ensure the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election.
Adekoya, who said this in an interview, stated that if the PDP was serious about defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC), it should ensure that Atiku emerged its flag-bearer.
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