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Monday, 9 October 2017

2019 Presidency: Atiku meets with Jonathan

Former Vice President and Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar reportedly met with former president Goodluck Jonathan over his plan to run for president in 2019.

Thisday reports that the meeting was held at the instance of Atiku, who is reportedly considering offers from PDP chieftains to return to the party.




Jonathan was said to have advised Atiku to consider returning to the PDP early enough, as he has to be a member for a period of time, before he could be eligible to contest for political office.

“Atiku was advised to return early to enable him to fulfil the eligibility condition in the party’s constitution and also have ample time to integrate his political structure into the PDP’s,” a source privy to the meeting said.

The source added that it was made clear to Atiku, that he stood a better chance to realise his ambition in the PDP than the APC, since President Muhammadu Buhari looked set to be given a right of first refusal by his party’s leadership

He was also reportedly advised that he stands a better chance with PDP, as APC has nothing left to offer him.

The source said:
He was told to note a recent comment by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, stating that as the incumbent, President Buhari had a right of first refusal even when the decision would have to be his.
That has been buoyed by Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai who had practically launched Buhari’s re-election campaign.
Thisday also reports that members of PDP are willing to sit back and have Atiku run for president with the party’s ticket, including Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose, who already has declared his intention to run.

Fayose would be willing to run with Atiku as vice president, Thisday reports.




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