WALID Jibrin, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar would not be given an automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the party.
Jibrin said it would be a welcome development if the former vice-president should defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and return to the PDP, but warned he should be prepared to struggle for the party’s presidential ticket with other aspirants.
It was reported in the media that Abubakar was in talks with the PDP chieftains about his return to the party, but on the condition that he would get the presidential ticket of the party to contest the 2019 election.
The former vice-president’s request has since divided the party.
Nevertheless, Jibrin said that the PDP was ready for Abubakar’s return and would welcome him and his supporters back to the party’s fold.
The BoT chair, who spoke during an interview in Kaduna, said given the manner the former VP was being treated by the APC, he had no option than to return to the PDP ahead of 2019.
“We are ready to accept him to our party but he should be ready to work for a waiver,” he said.
“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.
“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 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 go through the primary like any other person and he must fight for the presidential ticket,” he added.
– Nov 10, 2017 @ 14:53 GMT |