The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has launched a covert plan, aimed at defeating the All Progressives Congress, APC, Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, in the South-West region of the country, in the 2019 polls.
As part of the scheme, Atiku will kick-start his Presidential campaign with a zonal rally, in Lagos State, on November 28, which is the stronghold of the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.
According to a copy of the campaign schedule of Atiku, the Presidential Candidate will hold zonal rallies as follows: Lagos (November 28 for South-West); Kano (December 1 for North-West); Enugu (December 5 for South-East); Ilorin (December 8 for North Central); Port Harcourt (December 12-South-South); and Bauchi (December 15 for North-East).
Atiku is expected to start a marathon State campaign shuttle from Sokoto State, on December .
A top source who spoke in confidence, said: “The choice of South-West, especially Lagos, is to underscore the determination of PDP to win the zone in 2019. With the South-East and South-South in our kitty, the main target is the South-West.
“The South-West has a huge and sophisticated voting strength; it remains a major target of our campaign. With former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s backing, PDP will go all out to change the narrative in this zone.
“We have a big plan to win the South-West, Tinubu’s stronghold, if it means going from door to door.”
A party Leader who spoke added: “Our party is not too strong in the South-West, like when Obasanjo was in power. This is giving us a bit of concern. But since we will tackle APC on issues, there might be empathy for PDP.
“The people of the South-West cannot be led by the nose. We want to capitalise on their discerning minds to capture the zone.”
Investigation also revealed that Atiku is yet to release the list of members of the Presidential Campaign Council of the PDP, due to pressure to tinker with it and accommodate some party Leaders.
A PDP stalwart said: “Atiku is always reworking the list, in order to make it representational.
“There is always pressure to accommodate vested interests. But in the next few days, Atiku will roll out the names of the PCC members.”