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As members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) gears up for the party’s National Convention, Ibom Telegraph reliably gathered that one of its founding fathers, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has been picked for the 2019 Presidential election in the country.
Atiku, who is currently a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), recently, said the ruling APC lacked internal democracy, which is one of the key tenets of democratic governance.
According to him, APC is more a bullying party now than a democratic party, where the voices of the people count, making references to the issues of lack of statutory meetings in the party and the recent congresses of the party.
Information at our disposal has it that the PDP is quietly settling for Atiku as its Presidential candidate and Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as the Vice.
Though Atiku is yet to make a statement in this regard, the Ekiti State Governor has swiftly denied.
Meanwhile, the PDP has said the condition for the emergence of its new National Chairman will be by merit.
Former Ministers of the PDP also support this stance by saying they will support the current national leadership of the party financially ahead of its non-conventions, just as they stated that the era of impunity and exclusivity is over in the party.
The former PDP Ministers, after a meeting in Abuja, noted that the new leadership of the party which is expected to emerge from the anticipated elective convention must be by merit.
Chairman of the Forum and former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki, while briefing journalists after their meeting said their conviction is that the best candidate should emerge as candidate.

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