There are indications that some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirants have also picked governorship and senatorial forms by proxy as a backup plan ahead of the May 28 presidential primary of the party.
Finding by LEADERSHIP Sunday revealed that the presidential aspirants, mostly those serving out their terms as governors, have already secured senatorial forms through trusted allies to hold in trust for them in case they don’t emerge as the presidential candidate of the party.
It was learnt that the plan is to replicate the events of 2019 when Governor Aminu Tambuwal and former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, after failing to pick the presidential ticket, fell back on their governorship and senatorial bids respectively.
So far, the number of presidential aspirants screened to participate in the May 28 primary are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Sokoto State governor, Tambuwal; immediate past president of the Senate, Saraki; former secretary to the government of the federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.
Also screened are Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed; Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike; Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel; 2019 PDP vice presidential candidate, former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi; former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose; a United States-based medical doctor; Nwachukwu Anakwenze; media mogul, Dele Momodu.
Others are investment banker and economist, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; a pharmacist, Sam Ohuabunwa; former speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Cosmos Ndukwe; Charles Ugwu, Rt Hon Chikwendu Kalu as well as the only female aspirant in the race, Tareila Diana.
Two of the aspirants were however disqualified on Friday.
But LEADERSHIP learnt that some of the aspirants may have perfected a plan that would ensure that they switch to contest for other elective positions in their states.