- Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, is said to have met with other PDP presidential contestants
- Atiku, Senate president Bukola Saraki and others are contesting for the presidential ticket
- The party primaries have been scheduled to hold from October 5 to October 6
Emerging reports have claimed that the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, is allegedly under “intense pressure” to forgo his presidential ambition and support Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, to secure the presidential ticket of the PDP.
According to an online medium, Sahara Reporters, a source close to one of the "other strong aspirants" disclosed that Atiku has been meeting with other contestants, like Saraki.
The source said: “Atiku has been meeting with other contestants , such as Saraki, with the hope that they would also drop their ambitions, so that it is going to be a game of Atiku and Tambuwal at the convention ground.”
“I don’t think it is likely he would accept but I know he is under intense pressure,” said the second source, who asked not to be named.
“There is pressure on him; there have been meetings, and there have been talks for him to step down for Atiku. The vice president is trying to build consensus; if Saraki steps down for him, it means he has a good chance because Saraki’s delegates would definitely be passed on to him.
“I do not know what Saraki will decide, but I can confirm certainly that yes, he is under pressure to stand down for Atiku.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Atiku presidential campaign organisation assured delegates to the forthcoming convention of the PDP that the former vice president will not let them down if chosen as the presidential candidate of the party.
The assurance was given in a ‘’special letter to PDP faithful ‘’, written to the party faithful, a copy of which was made available to newsmen on Tuesday, September 25, in Abuja.
The letter was signed by Segun Showunmi, the director of media and publicity of the Atiku presidential campaign organisation. The PDP primaries have been scheduled to hold from October 5 to October 6.
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