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2023: Delegates’ll determine our fate, Atiku says after PDP screening

Former Vice President and presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party platform, Atiku Abubakar, has hinted other aspirants vying for the presidential tickets that the party’s delegates would determine their fate during the primary.

Aside from Atiku, other aspirants jostling for the main opposition party presidential ticket include former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

Others are former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose; ex-President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Sam Ohuabunwa; a United States-based medical doctor, Nwachukwu Anakwenze; Publisher, Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu; former Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe; Charles Ugwu; and Chikwendu Kalu.

Atiku, who was Vice President to President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999-2007, was the party’s presidential candidate during the 2019 presidential election. While Atiku was the presidential candidate, Peter Obi was his running mate.

The PUNCH reports that the main opposition party, on Friday in Abuja, disqualified two of its 17 presidential aspirants.

The Chairman of the Screening Committee, Senator David Mark, disclosed this to journalists shortly after the conclusion of the exercise at the Legacy House, Abuja, the presidential campaign headquarters of the main opposition.

The screening, which began around 11 am, lasted till 7 pm and involved all the aspirants.

But reacting to the screening process on Saturday, the former vice president who was among the first of aspirants screened by the committee, announced that he scaled through the process.

In a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, Atiku said while he had passed through the first hurdle, the next step woul be decided by the party’s delegates.

Till then, he said, he would continue with his countrywide consultations on his ambition to succeed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

He wrote, “I scaled the screening for the PDP Presidential primaries, but our @OfficialPDPNig delegates will determine the most consequential exam. Our consultation continues unabated.”

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