DESPITE usual support for former Senate President, David Mark, for the position of Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, are however hostile to his emergence, The PUNCH has learnt.
It was once accumulated in Abuja, on Sunday, that even though most stakeholders along with the PDP-Governors Dialogue board and the Board of Trustees, have endorsed Mark for the position, the two-party chieftains are discussed to desire a candidate from the North West.
A brand spanking new twist was once moreover added to the chairmanship race with data that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, is soliciting support for each different Benue son, former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu.
A in most cases unswerving party provide who spoke to our correspondent, on state of affairs of anonymity for fear of retribution, discussed “Politics is ready interests each personal or collective.
“It is public knowledge that each and every Atiku and Saraki, have Presidential ambitions. A David Mark emerging as National Chairman is much more likely to change their calculations.
“For Atiku, Mark is seen as too strong willed and it will be uncompromising. For Saraki, a Mark coming from the equivalent north central zone won’t artwork in his favour because of it will indicate the rest two zones, the North East and the North West will be the absolute best ones in pageant for the Presidential ticket.
“That they’d each and every worked laborious to make the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuayi-led zoning committee to throw open the chairmanship position in their ideas; however it didn’t slightly resolve.
“What Mark has going for him is aside from his personal attributes have led the Senate without any primary rancour for 8 straight away years, he has remained with the party since inception.”
When contacted, Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, discussed, “Everyone seems to be conscious about the Waziri Adamawa is a devoted democrat and will, as always, acknowledge the sanctity of the ballot.
“The positioning was once zoned to the north and nobody can make a decision who becomes chairman, it will require a consensus among party individuals from the zone.
“The former Vice President as an professional democrat remains devoted ensuring that the party gets the most productive explicit particular person to influence the party to victory.”
Moreover, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor Nathaniel Ikyur, discussed, “His Excellency, the Governor of Benue State, is a body of workers player, he is running together with his colleague governors and other party stakeholders to make sure that the most productive man for the process gets it.
“He, like each unswerving party individuals wishes a national chairman who can lead the party to victory. If Benue State gets the privilege to supply this control, our party and Nigeria will be the upper for it.”
Makes an try to get a response from Saraki were futile. Calls to his Media Adviser, Yusuf Olaniyonu were neither picked nor returned. A response to a text message sent to him on the matter was once however being awaited as at the time of filing this report.