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2019: Atiku, Turaki turn S-South, S-East to battle grounds

Two of the leading presidential aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have between them shared the loyalties of principal stakeholders of the party in its major strongholds in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones.

While former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, according to multiple sources, seems to have taken the dominance in the South-East, former Special Duties Minister, Tanimu Turaki, has taken the ascendancy in the South-South.

The recent entry of Senator Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal into the party is, however, said to be shaking the fidelity of the party’s leaders in the region towards Turaki.

Atiku’s pre-eminence, Vanguard gathered, was partly helped by the dangle of the vice-presidential ticket to South-East governors and his longstanding political relationships with some prominent Ibo political leaders.

Vanguard, August 7, 2018

 

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