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2019: PDP rejects automatic tickets for Atiku, other defectors

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There will be no automatic ticket in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for defectors from other parties when the PDP meets to pick its candidates later this year for the 2019 elections, The Nation can now reveal.

And this applies to the likes of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar (who has already joined the PDP), and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso as well as Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State both of who are yet to join the party.

Established PDP members who are eyeing the presidential ticket include ex-Governor Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano); ex-Governor Sule Lamido (Jigawa); a former Interim National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Governor Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti); ex-Governor Attahiru Bafarawa (who is under pressure to join the race).

Party sources said yesterday that the PDP turned down requests for automatic presidential ticket for some bigwigs in APC wishing to switch parties.

Kwankwaso and Tambuwal are said to be testing the waters before making their next moves.

The Nation, February 18, 2018

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