The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who launched his policy plan following the lifting of the ban on campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is reportedly causing discomfort among the party members.
The presidential candidate policy plan has a six-year timeline, and members of the PDP in the South-West and South-East are reportedly disturbed.
According to The Nations, a PDP Governor who commented on the issue said:
“policy is causing some disquiet because it does not give a ray of hope that power will shift from the North to the South in 2023 if Atiku is elected as the nation’s president in 2019.
“Some of us were expecting a timeline of 2019 to 2023 but the policy plan is mostly made up of a six-year plan.
“The people of the South-East, South-West and South-South want a commitment from Atiku on whether or not he will spend one term in office in order to complete the slot of the North. “We are suspecting that those who drafted the policy have a hidden agenda of two terms in office for Atiku.”
A member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) however dismissed the reports and said Atiku is planning the future.
“I think our candidate is planning for the future for the country. It may not be a matter of second term ambition.
“Atiku has not really been categorical on whether or not he will spend one term in office. So, those raising dust on 2025 policy plan are getting agitated to know where he stands.”