By Ali Alkali
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has yesterday debunked report that he was already having problems and engaged in behind the scene battle with the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus and governors of the party.
A statement sent to press by the Atiku Media Office, “It has come to the notice of the Atiku Media Office that there is a statement purportedly attributed to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar currently making the rounds on social media.
“We wish to state for the records that the purported statement aimed at pitching the Waziri of Adamawa against the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, PDP NEC, PDP Governors and stakeholders of the PDP is contrived and baseless.
The statement insists that the Wazirin Adamawa “enjoys excellent relationship with Prince Uche Secondus, the Party’s NEC and all serving PDP Governors and stakeholders of the party.”
The purported statement attributed to Atiku in the social media, reports him saying, “I am surprised over what’s happening in PDP today. A governor is now in total control of the entire structure of the party. PDP is under the control of a small boy; and he does what he likes without respect for the founding fathers of the party.”
The social media story also reports Atiku narrating how and why he decided to dump the ruling APC for PDP. “I rejected the offer from some of our party leaders until I was finally persuaded by former President Goodluck Jonathan to return PDP and to help build the party ahead of 2019 elections. Goodluck also assured me in one of our meetings, that the leadership of the Party has resolved to endorse and support me as PDP 2019 Presidential candidate, “unopposed” since it was zone to the North. I accepted the request due to the respect I have for former President Goodluck Jonathan and my Love for Nigeria.”
It can be recalled that Waziri Atiku Abubakar formally joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, early this month after he dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress.
He is expected to contest the 2019 presidential election, even though he said last week that he has not made up to contest for the presidency yet.
But considering the fact that there will be many PDP stalwarts from the North who are eying the big presidential seat, it is only a matter of time before Atiku faces the other party’s Northern political heavyweights for either a fight or compromise.
The first huddle for Atiku to scale is likely the new leadership of the party which might have emerged with the support of those who also want the presidential ticket of the party.