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Monday, October 8, 2018

Major Moves As Tambuwal, Saraki, Kwankwaso, Dankwambo, Quickly Adopt ‘PLAN B’, After Losing At The PDP Presidential Primary

Major Moves As Tambuwal, Saraki, Kwankwaso, Dankwambo, Quickly Adopt ‘PLAN B’, After Losing At The PDP Presidential Primary

Emerging report indicates that the Presidential Aspirants who lost to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 2019 Presidential Candidate, on Sunday, have adopted ‘Plan B’.

Those who lost out are: Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, former Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki.
Others are: former Senate President, David Mark, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, and founder of Baze University, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed.
Sources revealed that part of the agreements reached in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is to give room for those who lost out to vie for other offices, if they so wish.
“Some of them may likely declare for the Senate, and others would still have the opportunity during replacements, which is allowed in the Electoral Act and party guidelines”, a source said.
Many people thought that the PDP Presidential ticket would be a fait accompli for Governor Tambuwal, considering how he joined the race.
However, sources stated that Tambuwal did not also believe in all that he was told by those who convinced him to go for the Presidency.
According to them, Mannir Dan-Iya may have emerged consensus Governorship candidate of the PDP in Sokoto State, amidst mounting whispers that it is only a temporary treaty.
Perhaps that is why not much is being said about the Dan-Iya candidature. Rather, insinuations are rife that he is only safeguarding it for the State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who was a Presidential Aspirant, so that in the event that he did not get the PDP’s ticket, he would fall back on the Governorship ticket.
Dan-Iya is noted to be Tambuwal’s staunch loyalist, perhaps the most dependable.
“For Tambuwal, a Presidential Aspirant, to be comfortable with the plan B, that is the Governorship seat, he needs somebody who is 100 percent loyal, who even after the conduct of the election, would step down for another election. I think that was why he picked Dan-Iya”, a source revealed.
No other PDP member was seen to have bought the Governorship form, not even Muktari Shagari, who over the years, had been showing strong interest in the Gubernatorial seat, and recently cautioned the party against unfair treatment of PDP members, who had been in the party.
Though prominent party stalwarts such as Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa and Shagari, were not at the meeting at which the consensus candidate emerged, Tambuwal maintained that the party endorsed Dan-Iya, after due consultations with them. The endorsement was in line with democratic principles of consensus, the Governor stressed.
Many think the issue of Governorship ticket may have been part of an agreed plan with other PDP Stakeholders, before Tambuwal’s defection from the APC, on August 1, 2018.
Now that Tambuwal has lost out in the Presidential contest, sources have said that he would go back to Sokoto State, and work towards a second term mandate as Governor, under the PDP.
Elsewhere, hours after the PDP Presidential primaries, rumours filtered in Kano State, that Kwankwaso will now contest for the Kano Central Senatorial District seat, to slug it out with ex-Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, who recently defected to the APC, and picked the ticket.
A source within the Kwankwasiyya movement, confirmed that Senator Kwankwaso would run for the Senate again.
He said: “You know that similar method was adopted by Kwankwaso, in the 2015 general elections, when his then Commissioner of Works, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, purchased nomination form, but later relinquished the contest to Kwankwaso.
“Information at my disposal revealed that Kwankwaso purchased two forms. One for the Presidential race, and the other for the Senate, and now that he has lost at the Presidential primary level, he would now go for his plan B, which is contesting for Senate.”
At present, Alhaji Ali Madakin Gini, is the PDP candidate for Kano Central Senatorial zone.
If Kwankwaso decides to contest, sources have said that Madakin Gini would simply drop out of the contest.
There have been series of insinuations about who picked the PDP Kwara Central Senatorial ticket for 2019, on the grounds that the seat remains the exclusive preserve of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, should he decide to run again.
It has become a tradition in the State, for another Politician to hold the ticket for Saraki, each time he showed interest in the Presidential seat.
The case, according to findings, is not different this time around, considering that a man named Abdulrahman Babatunde Sidiq, was announced on Thursday, as the candidate for the Kwara Central Senatorial District of the PDP.
Sidiq, a retired Permanent Secretary, is reportedly holding the ticket in trust for Saraki.
Now that the Senate President has lost the PDP Presidential ticket to Atiku, there are speculations that he would fall back on the Senate ticket.
In Gombe State, even before he failed to clinch the Presidential ticket of the PDP, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, had already made an arrangement to vie for the Senate, in 2019.
Prior to the conduct of the Presidential primary election, last weekend, in Port Harcourt, where he polled 111 votes to finish 5th, the Governor had already made his Commissioner of Special Duties, Alhaji Mohammed Usman Ribadu, pick a nomination form for the Gombe North Senatorial District seat.
It was learnt that Ribadu, who was not known beyond Funakaye LGA, where he held sway as Chairman several times, had collected the nomination form silently, to avoid generating attention, and emerged as winner, being a sole contestant that vied for the ticket.
One of the Governor’s Aides, revealed in an interview that after failing to secure the Presidential ticket, Dankwambo will now vie for the Senate seat, come 2019.
“As I am speaking with you now, I am on my way to Abuja from Port Harcourt, but I can assure you that Governor Dankwambo’s next plan, of course, is to contest for Gombe North Senatorial seat”, he said.
Also, Governor Dankwambo had made an arrangement with the Gubernatorial Candidate of the party in the State, Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, to swap positions in 2019.
According to Political Observers, it was the arrangement that made the Governor ensure Bayero’s victory at the just concluded PDP Governorship primary, despite stiff opposition from both within and outside the party.

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