As the People’s Democratic Party heads towards its presidential primary scheduled for May 28/29, no candidate appears to be pulling away from the pack in the race of their lives; as delegates in most states seem intent on voting along regional lines, with the exception of a few states.
While most of the delegates are solidly behind their state party leaders that are running for president in the respective states, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi competing for votes in the northeast, with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers encroaching on what should normally be Atiku’s home turf.
In the northwest, an opinion survey of the delegates conducted by LEADERSHIP Sunday suggest that it is Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto that is proving to be a challenge for the former vice president and could pull surprises by getting a chunk of votes in two key states outside of his own, Kano and Jigawa.
From conversations with some national delegates on how their states are likely to vote, only Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State seems to have a near perfect support from delegates in his zone.
Those from his state are un equivocal about their candidate of choice and plan to cast their votes enmasse for the former governor with hopes he will clinch the party’s presidential ticket.
A delegate from Anambra and member representing Aniocha 1 constituency in the state assembly, Hon. Ebele Ejiofor told LEADERSHIP Sunday that every delegate from the state will vote for Obi at the primary.
Responding to a question requesting him to name the preferred two presidential candidates delegates from Anambra will cast their votes for at the coming PDP Presidential primary, Hon. Ejiofor sated “His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi is the only candidate delegates from Anambra state will vote for; our second most preferred candidate is Mr. Peter Obi”