2019!!! Fantastic Move As Bukola Saraki, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Aminu Tambuwal, David Mark, Others, Secretly Adopt ‘Plan B’

By Post-Nigeria: September 13, 2018 08:17

2019!!! Fantastic Move As Bukola Saraki, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Aminu Tambuwal, David Mark, Others, Secretly Adopt ‘Plan B’

Emerging report indicates that some Presidential Aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are plotting a fall-back option, in the event they fail to get the ticket in the party’s primary election.

Recall, that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his predecessor, David Mark, Senators Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Jonah Jang, among others, are all vying for the PDP Presidential ticket, in the 2019 general elections.

However, it was learnt that they have all obtained forms through proxies, that will allow them return to the Senate, if their Presidential bid fails.

Elsewhere, Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, who are also aspiring for the Presidency, are not leaving anything to chance, as the former plots to retain his Governorship seat, while the latter keeps a move to the Senate, as an option.

The PDP had in its latest timetable, fixed September 30, for primary elections into the Senate and House of Representatives, and Presidential primary for October 5 and 6.

Already, sources at the PDP National Secretariat, hinted that the party was walking a tight rope, following the emergence of more than 10 Aspirants seeking the Presidential ticket, thereby allowing some of them to buy other forms, as fall-back options.

“It is a secret deal. Of course, politics is about interest and intrigues. So, I can assure you that some of the Aspirants will later get automatic tickets to retain their seats in the Senate. So, it is not strange, it is part of democracy”, one of the sources said.

Similarly, a high ranking member of the PDP, Chief Sam Nkire, said: “I heard of it, but I do not know specifically who and who bought forms for Presidential, Governorship, and or Senatorial race.

“However, that shows that the Aspirants are not putting their eggs in one basket. It also shows that the Aspirants themselves know that only one of them would emerge at the Convention. So for me, it is an indication that all of them will work together after the primaries”, he said.

Bukola Saraki

No famous Politician has shown interest in the Kwara State Central Senatorial seat, currently occupied by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, which indicates that the Number 3 citizen had already bought the form through a proxy, just as he did in 2011.

In 2011, a Permanent Secretary in Kwara State, obtained the Senatorial seat ticket, but later stepped down for Saraki, when he lost to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, during a Northern Caucus meeting.

The Northern Caucus had then adopted Atiku as a consensus candidate, to challenge former President, Goodluck Jonathan, in 2011, during the PDP Presidential primaries.

A source said that the Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Isiaka Gold, who is from the same Senatorial zone as Saraki, might hold the ticket in confidence, so that the Senate President would simply take over, if he is edged out in the Presidential primary.

Hassan Dankwambo

In Gombe State, the State Commissioner of Special Duties, Alhaji Usman Ribadu, has picked a nomination form for the Gombe-North Senatorial District seat.

Impeccable sources at the State Secretariat of the PDP, revealed that Ribadu collected the nomination form silently, to avoid suspicion of his motives.

The source maintained that in the event that Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo fails to clinch the Presidential ticket, Ribadu will step down and hand over his ticket to the Governor.

Ribadu and Dankwambo came from the same Gombe-North Senatorial zone.

Rabiu Kwankwaso

In Kano State, the political scenario that played out in the APC, with respect to the Kano Central Senatorial slot, may repeat itself in the PDP, in 2019.

That time, the then Governor, Kwankwaso, picked the ticket for the APC Presidential primary, while his Personal Assistant, Abba Yusuf, held the Senate ticket for him.

Yusuf, a former Commissioner of Works, secured the Senate ticket after the primaries, but handed it over to Kwankwaso, after he lost the ticket to the APC then Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. Kwankwaso later defeated Senator Bashir Lado of the PDP.

A reliable source within the PDP said: “I can confidently tell you that Kwankwaso is planning to fix another person to front for him. So far, he has purchased a form for Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Rogo for Kano South, and anointed another person who will buy the form for him, like he did in 2015.”

David Mark

There is no doubt that the political calculation of the Benue South Senatorial District, where ex-Senate President, David Mark, has held sway since the return of democracy in 1999, has changed, following his decision to vie for the Presidency.

Mark had personally purchased forms to vie for the Presidency, and those jostling to take over the baton in the Senate, are Comrade Patrick Abba Moro, a former Minister of Interior under the President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime; Chief Steven Lawani, who is a former Deputy Governor of Benue State; Joseph Ojobo, a two-term Legislator in the State’s House of Assembly; and Chief Mike Okibe Onoja, a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Moro is the man to beat, according to pundits, and he is curiously a henchman of the ex-Senate President, who sufficiently paid his dues to David Mark.

In fact, it is not hidden to those from the Benue South Senatorial District, that Moro could do just anything for Mark, including surrendering his Senatorial ticket to his principal, to run for the Senate election for the sixth time.

This is in the event that Mark fails to secure the Presidential primaries mandate to become the PDP Presidential flag bearer. However, Mark in the eyes of his close Associates, would never stoop to such arrangement.

“Mark is very calculative, in the event he does not secure the party’s ticket, he would never descend back to the Senate, under such shallow arrangement. People need to understudy this man, to understand his kind of person”, one of them said.

Aminu Tambuwal

The immediate past Commissioner for Local Government in Sokoto State, Mannir Dan’iya, is the one who emerged as consensus Gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Sokoto State, with Analysts saying that he is in the race to stand in for Tambuwal, who recently defected to the PDP, and purchased the relevant Presidential forms.

There are insinuations that in the event that he fails to get the PDP ticket, he would simply go back home and take over the Gubernatorial ticket from Dan‘iya.

Jonah Jang

Senator David Jonah Jang, who is also one of the PDP Presidential Aspirants, may retain the seat in the Senate, in the event that he fails to succeed in getting the PDP’s 2019 Presidential ticket.

There was a rumour making the rounds that Jang, who represents Plateau North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, has picked Istafanus D. Gyang (ID Gyang), a current Member representing Riyom/Barikin Ladi Constituency in the House of Representatives, to replace him at the Red Chamber.

Gyang is a political godson of Jang, who served as a Permanent Secretary, when Jang was Governor.

He was handpicked by Jang to represent Riyom/Barikin Ladi, at the National Assembly, in 2015.

However, on Monday, when Jang was speaking with Journalists, at his residence, in Maitama, Abuja, before leaving for the PDP National Secretariat, to submit his Presidential nomination forms, he reportedly said that he would not seek re-election to the Senate, if he loses the Presidential primary.

In reaction, Naziru Isa, an Activist, in Jos, the Plateau State capital, stated that it was the usual rhetoric by Politicians. “We have countless Politicians, who said they would not seek re-election, but you suddenly see them saying they were compelled by the electorate to contest again; so let us wait and see who among them would live by his words”, he said.

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