- Some sources in the PDP are claiming that chieftains of the APC are reaching out to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
- According to them, the APC stalwarts may have sensed that the PDP presidential candidate is about to win the forthcoming polls
- Atiku's spokesman, Paul Ibe, however refused to comment on the authenticity of the claims
Multiple sources in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are claiming that chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are reaching out to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in anticipation that the former vice president would win the 2019 presidential election.
According to them, the APC stalwarts have been holding secret meetings with the PDP presidential candidate with a view to working out “exit deals.”
“Atiku has the momentum now and the wise thing to do politically is to consider options after all in politics there is no permanent friend or permanent enemy,” one of them told Legit.ng.
Among those reaching out to the Atiku's camp, according to the sources who prefer to be anonymous, are two senior ministers in the APC-led federal government and a senior member of the party.
These three APC henchmen believe that the best option left for them is to start early to work out a contingency plan, which if concretised may see them work secretly to deliver Atiku come Saturday, February 16.
There are also talks of a famous Lagos politician considering the option of working with the PDP presidential candidate, according to the sources.
There have been rumours that Atiku has gotten the backing of western countries in his quest to be Nigeria's leader.
In the last few weeks, the PDP presidential candidate has continued to surge far ahead over incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in both internal and foreign polls.
This may have caused panic in the camp of the ruling party and many attempting to jump ship through the back door before the elections.
On Monday, February 11, New York -based financial analysts, Citigroup, predicted that Nigeria’s stock market may rally if President Muhammadu Buhari loses this weekend’s election.
The reported posted on Bloomberg noted that the nation's stock market will recover, ending a run that’s seen it fall more than any other in the world in dollar terms since Buhari came to office in May 2015.
Similarly, the Financial Times of London recently indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari is battling perception of frailty as Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections.
The London-based international newspaper in an article published on its website on Saturday, February 9, says there are concerns if Buhari is physically or mentally up to running Nigeria for another four years.
The Financial Times article was published days after another British media outfit, the BBC, described Atiku as Nigeria's political operator with the Midas touch.
Meanwhile, a prediction by Williams and Associates says Atiku will win the election.
The prediction is the result of a field work conducted by the US-based pollster, which was posted on its website on Monday, February 4.
The pollster had, in a similar field work in 2015, accurately predicted the defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential election.
When contacted, Mr Paul Ibe, spokesman of Atiku, declined to comment, saying he is not in a position to speak on such issues.
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