2023: Atiku, Saraki battle over 166 delegates for presidency

Former Vice President – Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President – Bukola Saraki, and Sokoto State Governor – Aminu Tambuwal are allegedly ahead in the battle for the votes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the National Assembly.

At stake are 166 PDP delegate votes from the two chambers of the federal legislature.

One hundred and twenty-eight of the votes will come from the House of Representatives which was headed by Tambuwal between 2011 and 2015.

While Saraki was the president of the Senate from 2015 to 2019. It is from here that the additional 38 votes will come.

A third force, which is led by a high-ranking Rep from one of the states in the South-south, is said to be Atiku’s arrowhead.

The group, sources said, has succeeded in getting some Reps to switch loyalty to Atiku and thereby narrowing Tambuwal’s chances.

As the various presidential aspirants in the PDP upped their game, supporters of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday submitted his nomination form at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.

Going by previous voting patterns in the National Assembly, individual and class interests may override ethnic and religious considerations when the chips are down.

The party pledged a level playing ground for all contestants in the primaries.



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