Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, who recently defected to former president Ibrahim Babangida’s party, may not have received the blessings of the former military henchman to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku, who defected last week from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) met behind closed doors with Babangida only to emerge with stone face after an hour and half.
Journalists and his supporters were, on Thursday, taken aback when they saw Atiku wearing a long face, an indication that all was not well.
He had visited Babangida in his Minna mansion with a retinue of supporters and journalists to seek the support of the retired general. Atiku, was reported to have arrived Minna airport to a cheerful reception from his supporters.
There were earlier indications that PDP was not going to give Atiku a waiver, as a presidential candidate. Atiku may have to go into primaries with the present Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi and former Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido and governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.