As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) battles to belabour the zoning of its presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general election, a rumoured presidential ambition of the former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, may further put the party in a dilemma.
Early callers at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja yesterday were stunned to behold Saraki’s political posters captioned ‘A fresh start’ donning the perimeter fence of the party headquarters.
No concrete answer was provided for the emergence of the poster overnight, as party officials denied knowledge of the posters.
An aide of the former governor of Kwara State expressed shock when asked about the sudden display of the posters in Abuja.
The aide, who spoke anonymously, said his principal did not know anything about the posters; neither did any of his close political associates have the knowledge of them.
When asked about it, the aide said: “Are you joking? That could only be a joke. But let me be emphatic here, the posters did not emanate from Dr. Bukola Saraki, neither did he authorise anybody to do that on his behalf.”
Saraki’s aide further stated that printing and pasting of such posters could be the handy work of a political opponent.
However, the purported intention of the posters to test the waters might be as a result of the PDP resolve to leave the race open for now.
The party has said severally recently that it has not zoned the 2023 presidential ticket to any part of the country.
Even the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, 2019 general election review committee recently recommended that the party should leave the 2023 presidency open to all zones.
Saraki, after failing to regain his seat as a senator in the 2019 general election, has been up and doing with party assignment. Presently, he is the chairman of the PDP National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee.
The committee has been going around the country to reconcile factional stakeholders in the party across the country with a view to rebuilding PDP ahead of the 2023 general election.