Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s plan to contest for the 2019 Presidential Elections is beginning to cause rifts within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Information made available to PoliticsNGR reveals that Saraki’s move has reportedly made the Governor of Sokoto State and Fellow Presidential aspirant, Aminu Tambuwal “unhappy”.
Tambuwal, in particular, feels disappointed that Saraki may join the race after allegedly promising to support the former Sokoto governor. Sources close to Tambuwal claimed that Saraki had previously given a commitment to back the governor’s aspiration.
The pact was said to have been reached when the two were still in APC but had concluded their defection plans.
Saraki told Bloomberg on Tuesday that he was “consulting and actively considering” contesting for the nation’s top seat in 2019.
Other PDP members who are seeking the party’s presidential ticket include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Governor Ibrahim Dankwabo of Gombe State; a former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki and a former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi.
The rest are two former governors of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau; former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido; and an industrialist, Dr. Baba Datti Ahmed.
Some PDP stakeholders are uncomfortable with the number of aspirants in the race.
They fear that the outcome of the primary election could trigger discontent among some key aspirants. This, according to them, might affect party loyalty and cohesion, a situation that could jeopardise the chances of the PDP in next year’s election.
But the leadership of the party has dismissed the fears, saying such a situation would not arise in the PDP again as the party has learned its lessons from the fallout of the 2015 presidential election and the consequent loss of power at the center.