Apparently determined to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election, Senate president Bukola Saraki; presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; and the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, are reportedly leading a host of other chieftains of the opposition party in a meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to fine-tune their campaign strategy ahead of the November 18 commencement date. The Punch reports that the special strategy session, which started on Thursday, October 25, in the Middle East city, is meant to put finishing touches to some of the PDP’s plans aimed at defeating Buhari at the next poll. We gathered that sources close to the meeting disclosed that, Atiku is also using the forum to perfect his comprehensive policy document, detailing how he intends to improve Nigeria.
– Amosun It was learnt that the PDP presidential candidate’s roadmap for Nigeria’s development would be unveiled to Nigerians in the next few weeks. According to the newspaper, Atiku, who had been in Dubai earlier, was joined by Saraki, Secondus and a host of other PDP chieftains on Wednesday night, October 24. It was also gathered that Atiku’s running mate and former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, was also attending the meeting. The director-general of the Atiku campaign organisation, Gbenga Daniel, who is a former governor of Ogun state, is also reported to be present at the meeting, according to party stalwarts who spoke under the condition of anonymity. A top source in the PDP was quoted to have said that the meeting was important for the party to fine-tune its strategy ahead of electioneering. “All of them, including Atiku, Saraki, Obi and Daniel are meeting in Dubai now; the essence is to strategise ahead of the campaign,” the source said. However, it was not clear how long in terms of the number of days the strategy session would last but it was learnt that Saraki, Atiku, Secondus and other leaders in the meeting were determined to perfect most of their plans ahead of the presidential campaign scheduled to begin on November 18. According to INEC’s timetable and schedule of activities issued by the commission, campaigns for presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on November 18, while campaigns for governorship and state assembly elections will start on December 1. Confirming the meeting in Dubai, the spokesperson for the Atiku campaign organisation, Segun Sowunmi, said there was a need for Atiku to meet with critical stakeholders ahead of the presidential, governorship and other campaigns scheduled to begin soon.