Atiku Reveals He’s in Talks With Kwankwaso, Peter Obi, Weeks Before 2023 Presidential Election
- Atiku Abubakar has hinted that he is reaching out to his political opponents ahead of the 2023 presidential election
- The PDP presidential candidate went ahead to say that one of his opponents may defect to his party before the elections
- The former vice president also dismissed the aggrieved state governors in the party, describing them as inconsequential
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FCT, Abuja - People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has revealed that he is in touch with two of his rivals ahead of the national elections.
The former vice president disclosed this while speaking to the BBC Hausa Service.
He said he has reached out to the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, for possible support.
The 76-year-old politician, however, said Obi and Kwankwaso are not in any way a threat to his chances to emerge Nigeria's next president.
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“I see no threat because we are not together with them (Kwankwaso and Obi). We are in talk with them; one of them may possibly come.”
Atiku also dismissed the threats of the G-5 governors within the PDP, sabotaging his efforts.
“Election now is not like in the past when a governor will dictate who to vote for, elections today is in the hands of the voters.”
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Meanwhile, Atiku has pledged that if elected, his administration would build an airport in Zamfara state.
The Nation reports that the Adamawa-born politician recalled that two former Zamfara governors had promised to build the airport but failed to fulfil their promises.
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He also promised to extend railway services to the state and revive the textile industry that had since been shut down.
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On his part, Dele Momodu, a veteran journalist and former PDP presidential aspirant, says Atiku will emerge as the next president of Nigeria.
Momodu said the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, does not have the national appeal to woo most Nigerian voters in the forthcoming election.
The media entrepreneur also dismissed Obi's ambition, saying he does not have the required numbers to win a national election.
PDP G-5 governors politically irrelevant says Nabena
In a related development, Yekini Nabena, an APC chieftain, has warned the ruling party's leaders having a chummy relationship with the G5 governors of the PDP, to retrace their steps.
Nabena, a former deputy spokesman of the APC, says the aggrieved governors from the opposition party are inconsequential.
The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain stated that the governors have no major influence on voters ahead of the elections.