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Shocker 2023: Confusion Rocks PDP As Party Set To Pick Atiku Or Saraki, Buries South’s Presidential Ambitions (Details below)

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Reports reaching us, reveal that Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar may run for president in 2023 as a candidate for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It has been reported that the PDP is planning to repeat the 2019 formula it used to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari, an election it believes Buhari did not win but swept Atiku out with the power of incumbency.

Highly placed sources in the party have told The Telegraph that the PDP believed that an Atiku candidature would be able to beat any other candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which could consolidate his ticket in the South.

It was reported that the PDP is divided over the distribution of the presidency as there is a battle between Atiku and the South East Caucus of the party, which is campaigning for his turn to take over the presidency.

It was also reported that if Atiku’ s choice fails due to his age and other factors, the party may put forward former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki as its second choice.

According to reports, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State is still considering a presidential campaign, with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike as a potential running mate.

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It was reported that most governors of the party believe that an Atiku candidature would be strong enough to fight the APC, which may opt for a candidate from the South South if the mood in the party is anything to go by.

However, Atiku is expected to retain its 2019 candidate, Peter Obi, despite some forces within the party backing former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

A chieftain of the party said, “Many PDP governors have decided that it is Atiku or nothing. So, definitely, the PDP ticket is not coming to the South South. It isn’ t. Some forces within the party want to use the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to oust Peter Obi. Others say it cannot work. Ekweremadu is too ambitious.

“He also wants to be governor in Enugu State, though he is also seeking the vice presidential ticket. The powers that be in the PDP are telling him to contest for the governorship.

“The main problem is that the South East Caucus is pushing for Atiku to get a mandate. If he has a mandate, Peter Obi will come. “

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