The Nigeria main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dumped Atiku, Saraki, other and opted for a presidential candidate from north west.
Insider source say the main reason is to have a candidate that comes from the same place with Buhari the incumbent president and divide the votes in the zone.
If we can divide the votes from the Northwest, we shall coast to victory he said. Northwest zone has the largest votes in Nigeria and we have to tap from that, he added.
The result of the 2015 presidential election shows Northwest has over 18 million eligible voters, the zone has the largest voting population in Nigeria. With northwest second having recorded 14 million votes in the 2015 presidential election.
Ahmed Maikarfi, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Aminu Tambuwal, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, Ibrahim Shekarau, Attahiru Bafarawa and Rabiu Kwankwaso are candidates from the Northwest zone aspiring to be Nigeria president in 2019 under the platform of PDP.
With this arrangement, Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President from Adamawa northeast and Bukola Saraki, the Senate President from Kawara state, north central have been shut out of the presidential race.
Insider source who pleaded not to be mentioned, said, Saraki will not be giving PDP ticked because he does not have the political strength to oust Buhari in the next year election.
Saraki on Tuesday declared his presidential ambition, in his declaration, he said, youth are mounting pressure on him to contest the number one position, and he has decided to honour the youth and contest the president position, Saraki disclosed.
An ambition, the PDP is not ready to risk its presidential ticket with Saraki, 2019 is a big challenge, and we cannot risk it with Saraki, a senior PDP official said.
For PDP to stand a better chance of defeating Buhari and winning the 2019 presidential election, our candidate must come from the same zone with Buhari. He explained that PDP will break Buhari strength in the Northwest and make PDP win the next year presidential election.
Mr. Buhari, the incumbent president who gives PDP sleepless night comes from Daura, Katsina State in the Northwest zone.