The Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign organization of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been constituted. It is headed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as director-general.
The appointment, which had been subject of media speculation for days, was confirmed to in an official tweet from the party headquarters moments ago.
The statement also named zonal coordinators as follows; Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto, North-west), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe, North-east), Samuel Ortom (Benue, North-central), Nyesom Wike (Rivers, South-south) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi, South-east). Former Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, would coordinate the South-west.
Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State was appointed Chairman of Fund Raising Committee, while former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Taminu Turaki, would head the legal committee.
Others campaign officials, he said, would be announced in due course.
The announcement as greeted with excitement and approval, given the antecedence of political deftness and sagacity of the Senate President. The team is a serious assemblage of tested and powerful hands that is sure to give the APC Buhari re-election campaign a run for their money.
Meanwhile, PDP formally set the machinery in motion for the reconciliation of all aspirants that contested its presidential ticket in Port-Harcourt the week before in an attempt to rally them behind the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Although the primary was seen to be transparent and without rancour, the party still felt it should not take chances and asked its reconciliation committee headed by Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, to talk to the former aspirants and clear all possible grey areas.
The reconciliation moves started yesterday with a visit to Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Waziri Tambuwal, and former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, in Abuja. With Dickson were Delta and Taraba States governors, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and Mr. Darius Ishaku.
Speaking after the meeting, Tambuwal accused President Muhammadu Buhari of maladministration, saying that the way the country was being run by proxy and was unacceptable and won’t be allowed to continue beyond May 29, 2019.
Tambuwal assured the party and Nigerians that he was committed to the success and victory of the party at the general elections in February, 2019.
He said, “We have had a robust and fruitful engagement on the way forward. And I have made my commitment immediately after the convention that I am going to support our candidate, Waziri Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar, 100 percent for us to have victory at the general election.
“So, I am not wavering, I am not looking back. Work has started for us to ensure that the PDP family remains united and other lovers of democracy come and partner with us for us to ensure that we convincingly win this election. It is not about my personal ambition.
“It is about this country. And all of the issues we have discussed, canvassed and traversed for during our encounter with delegates and party leaders, have remained there.”
He said the misgovernance of Nigeria under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had to stop.
PDP Appoints Director-General, Zonal Coordinators for 2019 Presidential Campaign:
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Director- General and Zonal Coordinators of the party’s 2019 Presidential campaign.
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— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) October 16, 2018
“We want a situation whereby the President of Nigeria will be hands on on issues of good governance, respect for the rule of law and the way this country is governed. So, I have given my commitment and I mean it, I am out for it. By the grace of God, we shall support Atiku Abubakar and PDP to win elections throughout Nigeria”, he said.
The Bayelsa State governor commended the former presidential aspirants for displaying maturity and spirit of sportsmanship after the Port Harcourt Convention.