The plot to make sure President Muhammadu Buhari is voted out of office in 2019 is getting more intense.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar as part of his plans to unseat Buhari next year will be having a meeting with leaders of PDP from the South-West to seek their support ahead of the February 14, 2019 presidential election in the country.
The development is coming barely a week after the PDP standard bearer picked his running mate from the South-East
Atiku and the PDP last Friday settled for a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, after reports of an initial plan to zone the Vice Presidential slot to the South-West.
It is been reported that Atiku, who left for Dubai shortly after the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, and returned to meet with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who endorsed his candidature, was already discussing with the leadership of the party in the South-West.
Before naming Obi as his running mate, some party leaders in the South-West had called on the ex-VP to consider the zone for the VP slot.
Confirming the planned meeting between Atiku and the PDP South-West leaders, a former Minister of Transportation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, told Saturday PUNCH in an interview that the former VP had scheduled the meeting.
Babatope, who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the party, believed that the zone had nothing to fear, pointing out that the former VP was voted by the majority of the delegates from the South-West zone during the party’s national convention which was held in Port Harcourt between October 6 and 7.
Apart from this, he said Atiku, whose first wife hails from Osun State, would never neglect the zone if he won the election.
Babatope said, “I’m aware that the leadership of our party in the South-West will meet with Atiku very soon. At the meeting, which is already being planned, our presidential candidate will tell us what he has for us.
“We are not angry because we lost the VP slot to the South-East. Majority of us voted for him at the national convention in Port Harcourt.”
He added, “It may also interest you to know that Atiku, being part of the Obasanjo presidency, is aware of the sharing of political offices in the PDP. It was a government that respected the principle of federal character.
“You may also need to know that Atiku has agreed to give the nation true federalism. That, to me, is the ultimate. I’m sure that with true federalism, Nigeria will be better.”