The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has launched a covert plan aimed at defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the Southwest in the 2019 poll.
But it was learnt that the weak structure of PDP in the Southwest is of concern to the candidate and the PDP. Also, ahead of the commencement of his campaign, pressure for posts has delayed the announcement of the full members of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the party.
As at press time, the PDP candidate was yet to make a commitment to the leaders of the party, especially the Southeast caucus, on whether or not he will spend one term in office. The Southeast wants power shift to the geopolitical zone in 2023 and it is seeking a firm commitment on this desire.
A top source, who spoke in confidence, said:
“The choice of Southwest, especially Lagos, is to underscore the determination of PDP to win the zone in 2019. With the Southeast and South-south in our kitty, the main target is the Southwest.
“The Southwest has a huge and sophisticated voting strength; it remains a major target of our campaign. With ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s backing, PDP will go all out to change the narrative in this zone.
“We have a big plan to win the Southwest if it means going from door to door.”
It was however learnt that the weak structure of the party in the Southwest has been a major headache for PDP.
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