- Some supporters of the PDP said they are resolute in their struggle to make sure that the party returns to power in 2019 presidential election
- Atiku Abubakar campaign organisation made this known during the campaign visit of former vice president Atiku Abubakar to Dutse, Jigawa state
- The organisation, however, maintained that the election would not be rosy for the APC
The Atiku Abubakar campaign orgainsiation on Monday, September 11, declared that it would not surrender neither will it hand over power to the All Progressives Congress (APC) like former president Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015.
Daily Sun reports that Senator Abdul Ningi was represented by Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the director general for organisation made this known during the campaign visit of former vice president Atiku Abubakar to Dutse, Jigawa state.
Senator Ningi said: “In 2019 it would not be rosy for the APC to expect that gesture our former president did to Buhari even when the election results had not fully concluded.
“Jonathan was a gentleman that conceded defeat even before the end of the election. We even congratulated the APC and prayed for its success in governance but this time I assure you we won’t fold-up our arms and wait to hear the story of our defeat.”
Ningi, also a governorship aspirant from Bauchi state, said Atiku Abubakar and Sule Lamido have come a long way in their political careers and personal relationships, advising their supporters not to get carried away, but to support anyone of them that eventually emerge as the party’s flagbearer.
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He said: “Out of 13 presidential aspirants, we have vowed to support anyone of them that eventually emerged as our presidential candidate even though I know that Atiku Abubakar stands out amongst the rest.”
On his part, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, said he is hopeful that Sule Lamido, who is also in the presidential race would step down for him.
According to Atiku Abubakar, “I hope my younger brother, Alhaji Sule Lamido, would respectfully step down his aspiration to enable me get the ticket to contest the presidential election next year.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, allegedly met former president Goodluck Jonathan to consider offers made to him by a section of the leadership of the opposition party to return.
There are reports that some PDP chieftains are making efforts to bring Atiku back to the party’s fold but that he gave them conditions which include being given automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku was said to have met Jonathan for the purpose of looking into these conditions, especially, that of automatic ticket.
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