The presidential ambitions of a former vice President of Nigeria , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar suffered a major setback as a former Jigawa Governor was selected in Katsina over Atiku.The Katsina State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday declared its support for the presidential ambition of former Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido, in the forth-coming party primaries slated for August, thus effectively shutting the door for other aspirants, including former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Salisu Yusuf Majigiri, made this known during a reception organized for Lamido.
According to him, Lamido has towered above other aspirants, with his progressive agenda and commitment to a united Nigeria.
“Lamido has remained a committed and enduring progressive in the last 50 years, who had fought for a strong and united Nigeria, he identified with other progressive minds like Abubakar Rimi, Solomon Lar, Bola Ige, Alex Ekwueme, Iyorchia Ayu and several others in the struggle to liberate Nigeria from ethnic cleavages.
“He has equally identified with the common man and ensured their improved standard of living as demonstrated while he was the governor of Jigawa state, we have no choice than to throw our weight behind and assure him of our goodwill and support, hoping that when he comes to power he will remember the state,” Majigiri said.
Atiku had toured nationwide and campaigned extensively to get the nod for the PDP presidential ticket after repeated failures. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had run for President in 2007 under the platform of the Action Congress (AC) where he came 3rd behind late President Umaru Yaradua and current President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku Abubakar who was also a former top ranking Nigeria customs boss had had a stormy relationship with Olusegun Obasanjo who was President while Atiku was vice President. Many political commentators had ascribed Atiku’s political failures to his sour relationship with the former President.
However with both men sharing a healthier relationship and opposing the ruling party APC, Atiku’s political ambition is assumed to get significant boost.