An emerging report suggests that former presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is already setting his sights on the 2027 elections, aiming to secure a firm grip on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Despite rumors of a potential relocation to Dubai, Atiku’s hesitance is allegedly tied to his determination to retain control of the PDP and enhance his chances in the upcoming political landscape.
According to a source cited by The Nation, Atiku’s camp is reportedly dissatisfied with PDP National Chairman Ilya Damagum for what they perceive as catering to the interests of PDP leaders, specifically mentioning Nyesom Wike, the current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The unnamed source explained, “Having lost the last Presidential Election, Atiku is plotting to have a firm grip of the PDP to be able to contest again in 2027. He still believes that he has a better chance.” The source further highlighted the internal dissent within the party during the last election, emphasizing Atiku’s recognition that controlling the PDP structure is crucial for a successful campaign.
The report suggests that Atiku’s major obstacle lies in the divided control of the party’s leadership, with influential figures like Wike and the G-5 group, along with the PDP Governors’ Forum led by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state. Governor Mohammed’s potential challenge for the party’s ticket in the 2027 poll adds another layer to the complex power dynamics within the PDP.
The source pointed out, “Bala had a patched relationship with Atiku during the countdown to the last general election.” Atiku’s strategic moves within the party aim to navigate these intricate power dynamics and solidify his position for the upcoming political contests.