PDP National chair: Atiku meets Mark

As the jostle for the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) heightens, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has met with a leading contender Senator David Mark.

A former Director-General of Atiku’s campaign, ex-President of Senate, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu is still pushing ahead with his aspiration for the party’s top job.

Ayu’s bid has put Governor Samuel Ortom in dilemma. Both are from his state. It was learnt that due to the ongoing horse-trading, none of those interested in leading the PDP has obtained the nomination form.

Some party leaders were also said to be pushing for a consensus candidate from the North. Investigation by our correspondent indicated that Atiku had a meeting with Mark between 9pm and 10pm on Monday.

It was learnt that Atiku has been in the vanguard of a crisis-free contest for chairman. It could not be ascertained whether Atiku’s visit was an endorsement of Mark.

A source in Atiku’s camp said: “The two leaders met for the sake of unity and progress of the party. The ex-Vice President does not want to take sides. I think he is looking at the larger picture of 2023.

“We are all concerned about the politics of the national chairman, we do not want the party destabilized under any guise.

“Maybe the ex-VP is trying to see how the party can manage the micro-zoning in the North to keep the zone intact for the next elections.”

A member of the NWC added: “We have heard of the talks between Atiku and Mark. I see Atiku’s visit to Mark as a tactical endorsement of the former President of the Senate.

“I think we are beginning to have a direction of where the chairmanship ticket will go.” As at yesterday, none of the aspirants had obtained nomination form because of what a source described as ongoing horse-trading.

The number of the aspirants is however swelling up with believed aspiration of a former Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo. Others in race are  a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana; ex-governors Ahmed Makarfi, Ibrahim Shema and Babangida Aliyu.

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