- The infighting in the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), shows no sign of abating
- According to a new report, Atiku Abubakar is battling for control of the party following his loss in the presidential election in February
- Atiku believes Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, would vie for the PDP's ticket in 2027, consequently, a subtly rivalry is said to have begun
Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria
FCT, Abuja - Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 and 2023 elections, is plotting to retain his grip on the party.
However, according to a report on Sunday, December 3, by The Nation, he and his loyalists are not comfortable with the party’s acting national chairman, Iliya Damagum.
Atiku doesn't have confidence in Damagum, report
The newspaper said according to its investigation, Atiku’s loyalists and pro-Wike/G5 and Damagum members have been at war in the past two weeks at the national secretariat of the party.
Atiku's camp accuse Damagum of being loyal to the G-5, led by the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.
It was gathered that faced with the strong opposition in the PDP, Atiku, and some party leaders are giving full support to the suspended national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, to win his case for reinstatement.
Party sources told The Nation that one of the major reasons the plot against Damagum has failed so far is the backing of Wike, the G-5, and some members of the PDP governors forum, led by Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed.
Best way PDP can defeat APC, analyst
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that a political analyst, Akinleye Oluwasegun, said "the best way" Nigeria's main opposition party, the PDP, can defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 presidential election "is through a merger".
Akinleye noted that Atiku has already called for the adoption of the merger strategy.
Atiku, Obi challenge President Tinubu
Legit.ng also reported that Atiku and his counterpart in the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, recently took to social media to subtly criticise President Bola Tinubu on their claim about his academic records.
This is as the two opposition leaders expressed a connection with their alma mater, a development that their supporters have challenged the president to do the same.