Umar Ardo, a former Special Adviser to the 2023 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, has suggested that Atiku may face expulsion from the party if he does not give up his presidential ambition.
Ardo noted that several PDP governors have already abandoned Atiku.
Previously, Atiku had criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling that confirmed President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February presidential election and vowed that he would not back down.
In response, the PDP Governors Forum announced its intention to work with Tinubu after he intervened in the political conflict in Rivers State, according to Chairman Bala Mohammed.
However, a statement by Ardo said the statement from PDP governors that they were willing to work with President Bola Tinubu shows they have moved away from Atiku.
According to Ardo: “Reading through Atiku’s last Monday’s press conference regarding the outcome of the Supreme Court’s judgment and his position towards President Bola Tinubu’s Presidency vis-à-vis the following day’s communique of the PDP Governor’s Forum after its meeting at the Oyo State’s Governor’s Lodge, it’s obvious that the honeymoon between the party’s 2023 presidential candidate and its governors is now over.
“In a separate address to the press following the communiqué, the chairman of the forum, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, extolled the leadership qualities of President Tinubu and reiterated the PDP governors’ readiness to cooperate, support, and work with the federal government that he leads.
“Nothing else can be more explicit in illustrating the two going on their different and separate ways more than this.
“With these opposing positions, it’s just a matter of time (and in a not distant future) for the inevitable implosion to happen, and either Atiku steps down his presidential ambition or leaves the PDP, or be expelled from the party! That’s my reading of the political crystal ball”.