Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibril has stated that there is no automatic ticket for the yet-to-defected Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Senator Jibril stated this while discussing with newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday. He added that there are already some members who have been nursing presidential ambition.
He said “Has he told you he is returning to the PDP? We are ready to accept him to our party but he should be ready to work for a waiver.
“The North met in Abuja to say that any candidate from the North can contest. Let us get them. I think they are getting set now. For now, we have a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido; a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and so on preparing to vie for the PDP presidential ticket.
“If the PDP grants Atiku a waiver, he should then join the cream of presidential aspirants in the party to fight for the ticket in 2019.
“If the PDP considers Atiku for the automatic presidential ticket, what about those in the party who are showing interest? Should we throw them away? If he is coming, he should come as an equal partner.
“We are ready to accept him. But, he must follow the rules of the game. First, he must undergo primaries like any other person, and he must fight for the presidential ticket.”