No automatic ticket for Atiku, says PDP BoT chair

November 9, 2017 7:01 am

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, has ruled out granting automatic ticket to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the party.

He said should Atiku return  to the party as being speculated in some quarters, he and other aspirants would struggle for the party’s presidential ticket.


According to him, the former vice-president is free to dump the governing All Progressives Congress and return to the PDP.

He added that the party was ready for Atiku’s return and would warmly accept him and his supporters back to the PDP fold.

The BoT chairman, who spoke to journalists in Kaduna, argued that with the treatment being meted out to the former vice-president by the APC, he (Atiku) had no option than to join the PDP ahead of 2019.

Jibrin said, “Has he told you he is returning to the PDP? We are ready to accept him to our party but he should be ready to work for a waiver.

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