With barely two weeks to the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has taken a step closer to clinching the sole ticket to contest the 2019 Presidential election. The Presidential hopeful, who Thursday, inaugurated a 60-member nomination council ahead of the primaries slated for October 6, 2018, has succeeded in making a significant in-road into the heart of one of the vital organs of the party, the Board of Trustees, BoT. While reeling out names of council members at his campaign office in Abuja, Atiku shocked not a few Nigerians with the inclusion of notable BoT members including former national chairman of the Party, Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Senator Stella Omu, Chief Tom Ikimi and Chief Vincent Ogbulafor. The move, Saturday Vanguard gathered is a strategic one aimed at boosting the chances of Atiku, in the event of the failure of other 12 aspirants to agree on a consensus candidate.
It would be recalled that last week, chairman of the board, Senator Walid Jibrin warned members on the dangers of hobnobbing with Presidential aspirants, daring those with intent to do so to resign honourably. He had said, “If you are a member of BoT, you remain the conscience of the party and you should not be moving with any aspirant. “If we are really the conscience of the party, we should not move about with aspirants. That was what happened during the last national convention when we elected the national chairman.