- Walid Jibrin, the chairman of the PDP BoT, says his life is in danger for not endorsing Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate in 2023
- The PDP leader says some persons are describing him a traitor for failing to declare Atiku as the party’s preferred candidate in the coming presidential poll
- Jibrin explains that it is the duty of PDP stakeholders to select a presidential candidate of the party and not an individual
Walid Jibrin, the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said he is receiving death threats for not endorsing Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.
Jibrin recently announced that the PDP would soon reveal plans for choosing its presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, which he said could emerge from any zone in the country.
But the PDP BoT chairman told journalists on Thursday, January 2, in Kaduna that some persons offended by his announcement are describing him a traitor for failing to declare Atiku as the party’s preferred candidate, The Cable reports.
“I have received calls from some people threatening my life over my coming out not to mention that the presidency of this country be zoned to the north-east,” he said.
“They were saying that I am a traitor that I should have come out to say that it is only Atiku Abubakar because I said that Atiku was already overthrown by the Supreme Court.
“They said, for that, I should say Atiku is the man that I want.”
Jibrin said it was the duty PDP stakeholders to select a presidential candidate for the party and not an individual.
“I am a leader, I have to make a lot of consultations with National Working Committee, our governors, then the NEC had to make a decision and they should not forget the party has a constitution and a guideline which says there must be primary for whoever wants to contest,” he said.
The PDP leader also narrated how some persons recently warned him that they would arrange bandits to deal with him if he does not recant his announcement.
“About three people went to Wadata Plaza (the party secretariat in Abuja) and demanded to see Munir Yerima,” Jibrin narrated.
“When they were there, Yerima rang me saying where I am and I said I am in Kaduna, then he said some people want to talk to me and I said let me talk to them on phone, he said they are intermediary between me and some party people.
“They said I have gone astray and if I don’t recant they would arrange bandits to deal with me wherever I go.
The party leader noted that the threat by the men may be a plot to assassinate him. He stated that he had informed the security agencies and demanded protection from them.
Jibrin said he learnt that the threat was from a group of people from Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi and Jigawa states.
Meanwhile, there are indications that Chief Bode George, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has begun the battle to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
George's supporters are said to have commenced mobilisation ahead of the next presidential election.
Daily Trust reports that the 'Pathfinder Consortium', a political group, came into force on Thursday, December 2, to begin the move.
The report said the group is led by Prince Uthman Shodipe-Dosumu, a special adviser to Bode George.
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