Nigeria’s former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has commenced a consultation and familiarisation tour across the country beginning from July 16, 2018 ahead of the presidential primaries of the party.
The ex-VP, who is a presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will begin with a scheduled visit to Gombe State today, then proceed to Borno State on Tuesday, Taraba on Wednesday and Adamawa on Thursday.
Looking at a schedule released by the Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, it is understood that Atiku will commence the South-west visitation on July 30 in Lagos while that of North-east will start from Jigawa on August 6 with North-west, South-east and North-central scheduled for August 7, August 13 and August 15 respectively.
Also, it was gathered that an official reception in respect of his presidential ambition has been slated for Saturday, July 21 in Yola by the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP, tagged “Mega Rally”
The former VP will be battling the former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido; Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo; former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; former Governors of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for the ticket of the PDP.
Bear in mind that the timetable released in January by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) mandates all political parties to conduct party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries between August 18 and October 7, 2018.