The emergence of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday at its national convention may negatively affect the 2015 presidential ambition of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. Both Tukur and Atiku are from south senatorial district of Adamawa State. THE PUNCH learnt that one of the antics of anti-Atiku group within the PDP was to ensure that Tukur emerged as chairman, conscious of the fact that both men were from same state.
An influential PDP member explained on Sunday that in political calculation during election, “it will be difficult for a national chairman and a presidential candidate to come from the same state.” A presidency source said, “Though the President has not come openly to say whether he will run for a second term or not, his strategists believe that the best option is to neutralise Atiku from the word go. “For now, the former vice-president is the main person from the North who can pose a threat to the second term of the president.”
Apparently, Tukur was the President’s candidate in the PDP chairmanship race and he ensured that he emerged as chairman in the just concluded convention.