The People’s Democratic Party had a dozen aspirants vying for its presidential ticket and whoever won the party’s ticket was already billed to become Buhari’s biggest contender at the upcoming 2019 presidential election.
Atiku came against strong opposition as he contested with quite a number of PDP heavyweights including Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Senate President, David Mark; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe Stategovernor, Ibrahim Dankwambo; and former governors, Sule Lamido, Ahmed Makarfi,Attahiru Bafarawa, Jonah Jang and Rabiu Kwankwaso. It was a fierce battleindeed to win the ticket, but from the ashes of past ill-fated presidentialruns came former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to overwhelm them all in an election that was rancour-free.
51 Lawmakers dump APC
The mass defection from the ruling APC to the PDP and a few other parties in July 2018 was a shocker to most Nigerians.
During plenary at the National Assembly on July 24, 14 senators left the APC, with 12 leaving for the PDP and 2 heading to the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
As if that was not enough, the same day, 37 members of the House of Representatives also dumped the APC with 33 of them heading to the PDP.
These defections have triggered an exodus from the ruling party even five months later as Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and three state governors, Samuel Ortom (Benue), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) andTambuwal (Sokoto) have also left the APC for the PDP.
3. Oshiomhole’s Exhibitions
June 2018, saw former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, elected as the new national chairman of the APC. Since then, Oshiomhole has put up some ‘shows’ that’s made him practically unpredictable.
His combative style of approaching issues (which he got from his labour union days)has drawn foul remarks towards him from the opposition party and even his own party.
Oshiomhole has taken shots at former president Olusegun Obasanjo, ran an impeachment campaign against Bukola Saraki and presided over a crisis-ridden primary elections that made Nigerians question the internal democracy of the APC.