Atiku re­turns from Dubai this week, plans cam­paign

The Punch - - NEWS -

THE pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his team have pre­pared sev­eral doc­u­ments with which he plans to launch his cam­paign,

has learnt.

One of them is an 18-page doc­u­ment, a copy of which was ob­tained by our cor­re­spon­dent in Abuja on Satur­day.

It was also gath­ered that he (Atiku) would re­turn to Nige­ria this week from Dubai where he had been meet­ing his al­lies ahead of the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which will start on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 18.

Sources close to Atiku said while he also rested in Dubai, he used the op­por­tu­nity of the hol­i­day, af­ter win­ning the party’s pres­i­den­tial pri­mary, to at­tend to his health.

Atiku, 72, was among the few pres­i­den­tial as­pi­rants of the party that vis­ited all the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion in­clud­ing Abuja, to ask for votes from the PDP del­e­gates be­fore the con­duct of the party’s pres­i­den­tial pri­mary held in Port Har­court, Rivers State, on Oc­to­ber 6 and 7, which he won.

A source close to him, who spoke with our cor­re­spon­dent on con­di­tion of anonymity, said, “Atiku Abubakar will re­turn with a bang this week.”

The source added, “You know that the PDP pres­i­den­tial cam­paign was very rig­or­ous. Apart from that, he was also about the only as­pi­rant that went round the whole coun­try, seek­ing for votes.”

Spokesman for the Atiku Cam­paign Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mr. Se­gun Sowumi, con­firmed that Atiku would re­turn this week.

“Yes, we are ex­pect­ing him this week. Work has started. Atiku Abubakar who has put the rul­ing party on its toes will re­turn this week,” he added.

Se­con­dus also told our cor­re­spon­dent that the party was wait­ing for the ar­rival of Atiku to name other mem­bers of the cam­paign coun­cil.

Though it was gath­ered that the na­tional chair­man of the party would head the cam­paign, other key mem­bers are ex­pected to be dis­cussed with Atiku be­fore their names could be re­leased.

Se­con­dus said, “Any­time he (Atiku) is back, we will dis­cuss with him be­fore re­leas­ing the names. The party and the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date are work­ing to­gether on that.”

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