PDP Ready To Grant Atiku Waiver, But No Automatic Ticket

PDP Ready To Grant Atiku Waiver, But No Automatic Ticket

SAM OLUWALANA

Former Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, who is being speculated to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not be granted an automatic ticket for the 2019 presidential election.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, made this assertion while speaking with newsmen on the issue in Kaduna yesterday.

 It is being generally speculated that Atiku would re-join the PDP fold in the near future.

 Jibrin, while conceding that a waiver may be granted to Atiku to contest the presidential election, added that he will not be treated as a sacred cow, and must participate in the party’s primaries, together with other intending candidates. Jibrin said; “Has he told you he is returning to the PDP?

“We are ready to accept him to our party but he should be ready to work for a waiver.

“The North met in Abuja to say that any candidate from the North can contest.

“Let us get them.

“I think they are getting set now.

”If he ( Abubakar)  returns to the party as being speculated, he and other aspirants would struggle for the party’s presidential ticket.

 Jibrin disclosed that the PDP members would gladly welcome the former party leader into its fold, if and when he decides to do so, thereby strengthening speculations that the party has been, wooing the former Customs Officer back into its fold .

 

                                                            

 “For now, we have a former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau; former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and so on preparing to vie for the PDP presidential ticket.

“If the PDP grants Atiku a waiver, he should then join the cream of presidential aspirants in the party to fight for the ticket in 2019.

“If the PDP considers Atiku for the automatic presidential ticket, what about those in the party who are showing interest?

“Should we throw them away?

“If he is coming, he should come as an equal partner.

“We are ready to accept him.

“But, he must follow the rules of the game.

“First, he must undergo primaries like any other person, and he must fight for the presidential ticket.”