PDP presidential aspirants jittery over defections


There seems to be an uneasy calm in the opposition Peoples Democratic (PDP) following massive defections, particularly, from the ruling All Progressives Part (APC).

This is because, most of the defectors, particularly, the bigwigs are said to be nursing presidential ambitions, which will surely swell the bourgeoning number of aspirants in the fold.

The development is said to causing jitters among the aspirants and consequently, unsettling the party with the problem of choice. Some analysts say at the weekend that the situation, if not properly managed, may be the greatest undoing of the party in next year’s elections.

“In fact, the frequency of the harvests and the calibre of the people being harvested have become subject of concerns, as managing such big shots most times could pose a lot of challenges to the party or any other organisation that may find itself in similar situation,” says an analyst who pleaded anonymity.

Specifically, the party had in the past weeks harvested presidential hopefuls like former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, incumbent governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

Aside these three, there are the likes of Ahmed Makarfi, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Tanimu Turaki, Danti Baba Ahmed, Sule Lamido, governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo and lately, Bukola Saraki, Senate President.

Some analysts say that with the calibre of people already in PDP, the party leadership will definitely have a tough time selecting the best to be its candidate to fight President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.

More worrisome, they argue that the aspirants may likely cry foul if the primary election does not favour them at the end of the exercise.

For instance, George Ekeh, Legal Practitioner, who sees Nigeria as a huge political laboratory, as a result of the gale of defections said the greatest problem for PDP, will be where the defectors who are heavy weights in their own rights would land, in view of growing number of aspirants.



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