The former Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, with President Olusegun Obasanjo , Atiku Abubakar has began secret talks with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Thisday report that,Atiku he is exploring a possible return to the party and to contest on its platform in the 2019 presidential election
The Adamawa born politician, businessman and philanthropist, who is currently a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to return to the party now that its leadership crisis has been resolved.
Ex-Vice president, Atiku Abubakar has began secret talks with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to This Day, he is exploring a possible return to the party and to contest on its platform in the 2019 presidential election.
The discussions are coming on the heels of the pressure from the Adamawa chapter of the PDP,a source said some of the past and current Governors of the party are open to his return and his presidential aspiration.
Dailypost report That “The secret discussions are ongoing with a wing of the leadership of the PDP and this has encouraged the former vice-president to start consultations with critical leaders in the northern and southern parts of the country.
The source added that Atiku was not unaware of the question surrounding his age, adding that the former vice-president is prepared to make his medical certificates for the last 10 years public to allay any concern about his health.
He also revealed that now that Atiku had been approached by PDP leaders to return to the party, the former vice-president was seriously considering the proposition, but is awaiting Buhari’s return to the country to enable him meet with the president before taking a final plunge.
“Right now the former vice-president is waiting for Mr. President to return. He wants to hold discussions with him, presumably to ascertain if Buhari will contest in 2019.
“Once he gets a clearer picture on the direction of things, he will take a final plunge as to whether to return to the PDP or remain with APC,” the source said
“However, Atiku has informed the PDP leaders who have approached him to guarantee him the nomination of the party for the presidential election before he can leave the APC, as he does not want to be messed up for the third time,” the source said
Atiku who contested for the presidency, once as a candidate of the defunct Action Congress (AC). He also made two unsuccessful attempts to secure the presidential tickets of the PDP and APC.
It is understood that his ambition to rule Nigeria has not diminished and he is willing to stand again for the fourth time if given the presidential ticket.