Seeing that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in obvious lead, some top All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders have started reaching out in secret meetings with Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential candidate in the February 16 election with a view to working out “deals” with him.
As confessed by one of the APC chieftains, “Atiku has the momentum now and the wise thing to do politically is to consider options, after all in politics there is no permanent friend or permanent enemy.”
According to The Authority Newspaper, among those reaching out to Atiku are Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of Internal Affairs, General Abdulraman Dambazau, a very reliable source close to the Atiku camp disclosed. APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole was also mentioned in the secret moves to support Atiku.
These three APC henchmen, as disclosed, believe that the best option left for them is to start early to work out a contingency plan which if concretised may see them work secretly to deliver Atiku come Saturday, February 16.
Also elements from Tinubu’s camp believed to represent the interests of the “Bourdillon strongman” are among those reaching out to Atiku as revealed. Though details of this group’s discussions with the PDP presidential candidate are scanty, it may also not be unconnected to negotiating an “exit deal” to protect Tinubu’s (business) interests in case Atiku wins.
In the last few weeks, the PDP presidential candidate Atiku has continued to surge far ahead Buhari in both internal and foreign polls. This obviously may have set panic measures in the camp of the ruling party.