Atiku Meets Former PDP Governors.
It was reported that on Tuesday night, the former vice president met with the former governors at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
It was also gathered that Atiku was accompanied to the meeting by the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, and former Kogi Senator, Dino Melaye.
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Some of the former governors at the meeting include Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Ibrahim Idris (Kogi), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Lyiel Imoke (Cross River), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Boni Haruna (Adamawa), Theodore Orji (Abia) and Emeka Ihedohia (Imo), among others.
Atiku parlay with former pdp Governors tonight at Transcorp pt 2 pic.twitter.com/b7NidxH0gQ
— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) May 11, 2022
It was gathered that this comes after a report emerged claiming the PDP had concluded plans to reduce its presidential aspirants from 15 to just 3 ahead of its primaries.
Sources told Daily Independent that the leadership of the PDP is looking to take a presidential candidate from the North as a form of payback for what the APC did in 2015.
It was however reported that the seeming preference for a Northern candidate may have affected the chances of Southern candidates like Anyim, Obi, Wike, Emmanuel, Momodu, Ohuabunwa, and others who are from the South.
According to projections from the report, one of the aspirants like Anyim, Obi, Wike, and Udom will most likely be selected as the running mates of the eventual presidential candidate.
Those in the race for the PDP ticket include Abubakar; former Senate President Bukola Saraki; former banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State; former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi; former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim; Media mogul, Dele Momodu; Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and others.
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What exactly does this mean for these vacant position? Most of these positions will be vacated by appointees from the south. Would these positions be replaced by appointees from the south, the north, or would they be left open till the end of Buhari’s tenure?
This will reduce the representation of the south in executives meetings, and other necessary meetings requiring proper representation.
Appropriation and capital spending arguments accruing to the south requires monitoring from within, hence need to have capable ministers inside. While the likes of Babatunde Fashola will remain in the cabinet for another year, I’m more concerned about the numbers.
Is this something the south should worry about?
Wike might just be well prepared this time. See I just think atiku is overrated in terms of electoral value. He only has money.