SAN FRANCISCO, September 11, (THEWILL) – Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed that he believes a fellow presidential aspirant, Sule Lamido, will step down for him.
Abubakar stated this on Monday at the PDP headquarters in Dutse, Jigawa State when he met party leaders in the course of his campaign tour.
He said he believes Lamido will concede the ticket to him because the former Jigawa governor is his younger brother and shares the same political ideology with him.
He based his prediction on the scenario in the aborted Third Republic when the Yar’Adua brothers initially sought the tickets of the defunct Social Democratic Party.
The late Shehu, who was the elder, was running for president while the late Umar sought the ticket of the same party for governorship of Katsina State but was eventually persuaded to sacrifice his ambition so as not to jeopardise the chances of his elder brother.
Abubakar told the gathering that his mother was from Jigawar Sarki, a village in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State before her family migrated to Adamawa State where Mr Abubakar was born.
In his remark, the state PDP chairman, Salisu Mahmuda, called on the aspirants to be united to prevent what he called an automatic second coming of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the country.
Abubakar later held a closed door meeting with Lamido at his country home, Bamaina in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area, about 50-kilometre drive from Dutse, the state capital.