PDP ticket: Datti Baba-Ahmed may upset Buhari’s plans –Insiders claim

Datti Baba-Ahmed
Datti Baba-Ahmed

There are indications that the high number of young Presidential aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is a matter President Muhammadu Buhari is watching closely.

In a related matter, a crack team of All Progressives Congress  is also monitoring  the possibility of the emergence of a far younger PDP candidate that may dwarf President Buhari’s agility and eloquence.

Some insiders who claim knowledge of the workings of the Presidency said  there is the fear that President Buhari may likely step down from the race if Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed, one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the PDP, emerges as the flag bearer of the opposition PDP. The  crux of the matter  is that Buhari sees  Datti Ahmed as his son, an insider said.

Those  aware of the goings-on alleged  that Buhari’s camp has therefore moved into the PDP using proxies to avert the possible emergence of Baba-Ahmed, who President Buhari calls his son as he may not be willing to contest elections against Datti if he wins the PDP presidential ticket.

Sources further claimed that  Buhari  also seems not comfortable with the possible emergence of the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who are considered younger people.

Speaking specifically  about the Datti challenge, a politician in  Buhari’s team said: “The emergence of Datti Baba-Ahmed will really cause an upset as the President might not be willing to run against someone he considers as his son. The others can be managed but that of Datti has to be handled with the seriousness it deserves and the earlier, the better.

“Amongst the presidential aspirants on the platform of the PDP, Datti Baba-Ahmed is the youngest of all and he is seen as a “son” by President Buhari.

In  the same vein, other leaders like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida  and  General Abdulsalam Abubakar  also refer to Datti as their  son.

Therefore, a game plan  is being perfected  by those aware of this development to have PDP concede its presidential ticket to Datti  with a view to forcing President Buhari to reconsider his plan to run  for a second term in office.

Whether APC henchmen, who essentially rely on Buhari’s charisma to win another election, will allow the president to step down remains to be seen

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