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2019: How Atiku plans to beat Buhari in Southwest

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has launched a covert plan aimed at defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the Southwest in the 2019 poll.

As part of the scheme, Atiku will kick-start his presidential campaign with a zonal rally in Lagos on November 28.

But it was learnt that the weak structure of PDP in the Southwest is of concern to the candidate and the PDP.

Checks have however confirmed that Atiku is set for campaign with a hectic programme.

According to a copy of the campaign schedule of Atiku, which was exclusively obtained by our correspondent, Atiku will hold zonal rallies as follows: Lagos (November 28 for Southwest); Kano (December 1 for Northwest); Enugu (December 5 for Southeast); Ilorin (December 8 for Northcentral); Port Harcourt (December 12-Southsouth) and Bauchi (December 15 for Northeast).

Atiku is expected to start a marathon state campaign shuttle from Sokoto on December 18.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The choice of Southwest, especially Lagos, is to underscore the determination of PDP to win the zone in 2019. With the Southeast and South-south in our kitty, the main target is the Southwest.

Investigation also revealed that Atiku is yet to release the list of members of the Presidential Campaign Council due to pressure to tinker with it and accommodate some party leaders.

The Nation, November 25, 2018

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