Nigeria’s former Vice President and presidential aspirant of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar is very confident of his chances despite the wish of Nyesom Wike, Governor Rivers State, for Aminu Tambuwal, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, to emerge the presidential candidate of the party.
The party’s presidential primary holds on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State a venue that was single-handedly picked by Wike, who is currently the party’s financier.
A source very close to governor stated that Wike intends to “do everything” to ensure Tambuwal emerges victor.
“The idea is to give everything to help Tambuwal get the ticket,” said the source, who asked not to be named.
“And this shouldn’t be too difficult because Wike controls PDP now. He is the biggest spender; he is the moneybag. He is the one holding PDP financially. He is backing Tambuwal and he will succeed in it.”
It is understood that despite all his posturing, Bukola Saraki and his team know that their chances are limited, and the plan, in any case, was always to make a statement because the presidential ticket is out of reach.
“Saraki will not get it because he can’t go far, and we know all of these things, I think Saraki is just trying to make a statement. We know he doesn’t stand a chance of getting the ticket. It is between Atiku and Tambuwal.”
Atiku, meanwhile, is “feeling very confident” and is “banking on the next 48 hours” to turn the tide against Tambuwal.
“The assumption has always been that Tambuwal will easily get the ticket,” a source in Atiku’s camp said“but I believe a lot of things have taken place in the last 48 hours in such a way that events may not play out as people think.
“You just watch out what will happen in the next 48 hours. And I can tell you that for now, we’re looking very good.”