2023 Presidency: Heartbreak for Tinubu as Atiku Reportedly Engages APC Govs in Talks
- There is a strong claim that the PDP's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is in talks with some APC governors
- The development, which still needs to be confirmed further, was made public by the PDP's presidential campaign council spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan
- Ologbondiyan also noted that the APC's plan to benefit from the current rift between Governor Nyesom Wike and Atiku will not work
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is currently in talks with five All Progressives Congress (APC) governors.
This was disclosed on Thursday, November 3, by Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesperson for the PDP's presidential campaign council.
Ologbondiyan told Daily Independent that although the APC is planning to benefit from the rift between Atiku and Governor Nyesom Wike, the ruling party's plan will fail.
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“We are not unaware of the wishes and roles of the APC and its presidential candidate in their hope to draw capital from the disagreements in our party.
“But they need not worry because no fewer than five of the governors elected on the platform of APC are in consultation with the PDP and its Presidential candidate.
“They will definitely want to benefit from the situation but they will meet a brick wall."
Atiku to Tinubu: Nigerians won’t elect a ghost president
The special assistant to Atiku on Wednesday, November 2, played down on the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, declaring that Nigerians won’t elect a ghost president.
In a statement issued in Washington DC, Mr. Phrank Shaibu accused Tinubu of shying away from public scrutiny and using proxies to answer questions reserved exclusively for the would-be president.
Shaibu, who was reacting to the meeting with the private sector organized by Tinubu, said the former Lagos governor had on two occasions dodged the invitation of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce Industry (LCCI) but decided to play smart by organising his own meeting.
He said rather than subject his ideas for scrutiny before a non-partisan panel of professionals as done by Atiku and even Peter Obi of Labour Party, Tinubu decided to organise his own event in Lagos where he dictated the pace of events and filled up the room with his supporters.