- There are moves by northern political elites to adopted former vice president Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the region in 2023
- To back this up, Atiku Abubakar will be presented to former military head of state, General Ibrahim Babaginda
- According to report, it took the intervention of General IBB, who personally called the Sokoto state governor Aminu Tambuwal to step down for Atiku
Leadership newspaper is reporting that Northern political leaders are propping up former vice president Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the region in the 2023 presidential election.
The newspaper reports that former national security adviser, General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (rtd), will also present Atiku Abubakar to former military head of head, General Ibrahim Babaginda as the anointed northern candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
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Going further, the newspaper added that it took the intervention of Babangida, who personally called the Sokoto state governor Aminu Tambuwal to step down for Atiku after the northern aspirants had earlier refused to do so.
This was why it was done openly at the convention as a sign of allegiance to the group and the grand plan of having a united northern candidate for the 2023 general election.
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Gusau was said to have been the middle man who negotiated and lobbied to ensure that all candidates from the North came together to support the candidature of Atiku Abubakar for the PDP general election in 2023.
2023 primaries: Former minister outline 2 major reasons why Tinubu, Atiku can’t be defeated
Meanwhile, former minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe has revealed why presidential aspirants, Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot lose a primary election.
The APC stalwart outlined two major reasons that will play out as a huge factor in their success in the primaries.
Ogunlewe cited their investment in the political structure of Nigeria over the years, especially in their respective party as a huge factor.
2023: Okowa congratulates PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has felicitated with Atiku Abubakar over his victory at the just concluded PDP special national convention held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In a statement by his spokesman, Olisa Ifeajika, the governor expressed confidence in Abubakar's capability to provide needed leadership that would lead the party to accomplish its "Rescue Nigeria" agenda beginning from 2023.
He urged him to, as the face of the PDP in the 2023 general elections, bring his political and socio-economic wherewithal to bear on the responsibility.
2023: Peter Obi congratulates Atiku for emerging as PDP flagbearer
Similarly, the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has congratulated Atiku Abubakar over his emergence as PDP's presidential flagbearer.
Obi in a message shared via his personal Twitter page described Atiku as his leader and dear brother.
The presidential hopeful also prayed to God to continue to guide Atiku in his political endeavour of becoming Nigeria's next president.