Tuesday, 16 October 2018

End Of The Road For Buhari.

End Of The Road For Buhari As Master Strategist And Messi Of Nigerian Politics, Atiku Make Key Appointments.

Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the Nigerian 2019 presidential elections, has just taken a key step in the race for the Aso Rock seat of power as he just set a very strong campaign council.

A campaign council is one of the most important foundations of any person person running for office and appointing the right people can make the difference between winning and being an also-ran.

Atiku may have just proven he is ready to win by appointing the number three man of Nigeria, Senate President Bukola Saraki as the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Campaign Council.

For the North West zone, he appointed Aminu Tambuwal, a former PDP presidential aspirant and Sokoto State Governor.

The PDP spokesperson, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this on Tuesday morning in a statement.

The statement read: “PDP names the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki as Director General Atiku Presidential Campaign Council. HE Tambuwal is Zonal Coordinator for NorthWest. Dankwambo is Zonal Coordinator for NorthEast while Ortom Samuel is the Zonal Coordinator for North Central.”

Mr Abubakar was elected the presidential candidate of the main opposition party at its national convention in Port Harcourt earlier this month. Dr Saraki was amongst the 11 other aspirants who challenged Mr Abubakar for the ticket. All the aspirants have pledged support to Mr Abubakar, after deeming the exercise peaceful and transparent.

Saraki would work with six others who would coordinate the six geopolitical zones, including three other former contenders for the presidential ticket.

The zonal coordinators were announced as follows: Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal (North-west); Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi (South-East); Gombe State

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo (North-east); Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike (South-south); Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom (North-central) and former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose would lead South-west push.

Kabiru Turaki, a senior lawyer and former minister, would chair legal matters; while Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel would chair fund-raising committee. Messrs Turaki, Dankwambo and Tambuwal all unsuccessfully vied for the presidential ticket against Mr Atiku.

Other key appointments into the campaign structure would be disclosed soon, Mr Ologbondiyan said.

The announcement comes three days after Mr Umahi led other South-east governors to protest the nomination of Peter Obi as the vice-presidential running mate to Mr Abubakar. Mr Umahi and other South-east leaders, including Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and governors of Enugu and Abia states, said Mr Abubakar did not consult them before appointing Mr Obi on October 12.

Mr Abubakar has reportedly informed the South-east leaders that he would address their complaints when he returns into the country from a short vacation abroad, although his campaign insisted Mr Obi would not be replaced.

Mr Umahi’s seeming closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election, has also drawn criticism after his name appeared on the list of zonal coordinators Tuesday morning. Critics believe the governor’s professed admiration of Mr Buhari could adversely impact his performance in the South-east, where Mr Abubakar is expected to win, with some fearing internal sabotage. Mr Ologbondiyan dismissed those concerns to newsmen on Tuesday morning, saying they are “whimsical allegations” that have no correlation to reality.

He also dismissed concerns about Mr Fayose, whose tenure expired yesterday and is expected to turn himself in at the anti-graft EFCC office on corruption allegations.

“He would not be at the EFCC office forever,” Mr Ologbondiyan said. “They have only accused him and he would soon be out of the place to coordinate the campaign in the South-west.”



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