Ahead of the coming Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries, about five presidential aspirants have reportedly made a safety plan in case they fail to clinch the presidential ticket of the party in 2019 general elections.
These presidential aspirants, according to Daily Trust, have obtained nomination forms through proxies.
The PDP has fixed September 30 for primary elections into the Senate and House of Representatives and presidential primary for October 5 and 6.
The five presidential aspirants are:
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1. Governor Aminu Tambuwal
Should he fail in his bid to clinch the presidential ticket of the PDP, reports say Governor Aminu Tambuwal would simply go back home and take over the gubernatorial ticket from Alhaji Mannir Dan’iya, who emerged as consensus gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Sokoto.
Dan’iya who was the immediate past commissioner for local government in Sokoto state, according to analyst is in the race to stand in for Tambuwal, who recently defected to the PDP.
2. Senate President Bukola Saraki
The news outlet reports that secretary to the Kwara state government, Isiaka Gold, who is from the same senatorial zone with Saraki might hold the ticket in confidence and will relinquish it if Saraki fails to get the presidential ticket.
The report stated further that no famous politician has shown interest in the Kwara Central senatorial seat currently occupied by Saraki.
3. Governor Dankwambo of Gombe
Though the state commissioner of special duties, Alhaji Usman Ribadu, has picked a nomination form for the Gombe-north senatorial district seat, sources claim that in the event that Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo failed to clinch the presidential ticket, Ribadu will step down and hand over his ticket to the governor.
Ribadu and Dankwambo came from the same Gombe-North senatorial zone.
4. Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso
In the case of Senator Kwankwaso, a source revelaed to Daily Trust that he was confident that the senator is planning to fix somebody to front for him in case he lost his presidential bid.
“I can confidently tell you that Kwankwaso is planning to fix another person to front for him. So far he has purchased form for Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Rogo for Kano South and anointed another person who will buy the form for him like he did in 2015."
Recall that then governor Kwankwaso picked the ticket for the APC presidential primary while his personal assistant Alhaji Abba Yusuf held the Senate ticket for him.
And when Kwankwaso lost the presidential bid to APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, Yusuf, a former commissioner of works, handed the senatorial ticket over to him.
5. Senator David Mark
The political calculation of the Benue south senatorial district, a stronghold of ex-Senate president David Mark has changed following his decision to vie for the presidency.
Among those jostling to take over the baton in the Senate are Comrade Patrick Abba Moro, a former minister of interior under the President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.
According to the news outlet, Moro is a henchman of the ex-Senate president who could do just anything for Mark, including surrendering his senatorial ticket to his principal to run for the senate election for the sixth time.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, reportedly picked up the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination form.
It was reported that Dogara picked up the form on Wednesday, September 12.
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Although he has not officially left the All Progressives Congress (APC), there has been report that the speaker has been making moves to join the PDP.
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