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Following the emergence of former Senate President Iyiorcha Ayu as the consensus candidate for the post of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, all attention in the PDP camp is now focused on the presidential ticket race.
As part of the deal that produced Ayu as the consensus candidate, PDP leaders have agreed to throw the presidential ticket race open to all the regions, as against the initial plan to zone it.
Those that are said to be interested in the PDP presidential race are now putting finishing touches to their campaign programes. Among the likely contestants, former Vice President Atiku Abubarkar has been rated the favourite to win the PDP presidential ticket because of his huge financial and political clout and influence within the party.
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More so, Atiku has a formidable political structure that has been tested in several presidential campaigns. But Wike who has also shown interest in the presidency is said to be working on a plan to outsmart Atiku for the presidential ticket. This was made known by one of his senior aides in an interview with The Whistle newspaper.
This article will analyse Wike’s step-by-step plans to outsmart Atiku in the presidential race.
Step One was to remove Uche Secondus as PDP Chairman
Wike once realized that Uche Secondus was not loyal to him, he started making plans to remove him as PDP chairman. The battle lasted for long as Secondus and his supporters resisted Wike’s plan to sack him from office. There were a lot of political and legal fireworks involved, but at the end of the day, Wike had his way as Secondus was forced out by a court order.
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Step two: Wike was very instrumental in the emergence of Ayu as a consensus candidate for PDP chairman
In the run-up to the selection of the consensus candidate for PDP chairman, Wike was very much involved in the process. Wike is said to have worked closely with Governor Samuel Ortom and Tambuwal to ensure that Ayu had a smooth sail. Ayu is expected to become the sustantive PDP chairman during the PDP convention coming up on October 30 and 31st.
Step three: Wike to float a joint ticket with Tambuwal
And with Ayu’s emergence, the Wike plan is in full swing. He is expected to soon float a joint presidential ticket with Tambuwal that would counter Atiku's influence in the party. The plan for a joint ticket with strategic is because it is a partnership between two of the strongest politicians in the PDP.
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More so, this will ensure that the ticket is well received in the South as well as the North, because while Tambuwal is a powerhouse in the North, Wike also has a great influence in the South.
This explains why this ticket might give Atiku a lot of headaches in the lead up to the presidential ticket race in PDP.
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