Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar has urged members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP); not to focus on elections but ways to rebuild the party.
Atiku made this appeal via his Twitter handle on Saturday, January 4.
“Our preoccupation at this point in the PDP should not focus on elections; but on rebuilding and strengthening our party for the challenges ahead of us,” he tweeted.
Our preoccupation at this point in the @OfficialPDPNig should not focus on elections, but on rebuilding and strengthening our party for the challenges ahead of us. -AA
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) January 4, 2020
The former VP contested and lost the 2019 presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Buhari polled 15, 191, 847 votes to defeat Atiku, who had 11, 262, 978 votes during the election.
The electoral result was challenged by the PDP at the Supreme Court but they eventually lost.
Still unsatisfied with the apex court judgement; Atiku alleged that Nigeria’s judiciary had been compromised by Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
Since the court verdict, there had been underground politicking within the opposition party; to regain the power it occupied for 16 uninterrupted years before Buhari’s first election in 2015.
There have been unconfirmed reports that former PDP chairman, Bode George is gearing to run for the presidency in 2023.
Also, claims from sources close to Atiku’s camp reveal; that he might still contest for the presidential election in 2023.
There are rumours that the PDP may again choose its presidential candidate for 2023 presidential election; from northern Nigeria with many believing that Atiku may get a consensus nod.
Atiku, has, however not spoken for or against the reports; that suggests he will be contesting the seat of Nigeria president for the sixth time.
The former vice president and former Senate president Bukola Saraki are rumoured to be top bidders for the PDP presidential ticket in 2023.