Saraki Appointed As Atiku Campaign Director

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the Senate President Bukola Saraki as the director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation; Mr. Saraki’s official position was made known on Tuesday morning by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesperson.

While Mr. Abubakar was elected the presidential candidate of the main opposition party at its national convention in Port Harcourt earlier this month, Mr. Saraki was amongst the 11 other aspirants who contested with Mr. Abubakar for the party’s presidential ticket. All the aspirants have pledged support to Mr. Abubakar, after deeming the exercise peaceful and transparent.

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Following his appointment, the senate president is expected to work with six others who would coordinate the six geopolitical zones, including three other former contenders for the presidential ticket.

The zonal coordinators were also announced as follows: Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal (North-west); Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi (South-East); Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo (North-east); Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (South-south); Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom (North-central) and former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose would lead South-west push.

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Kabiru Turaki, a senior lawyer and former minister, would chair legal matters; while Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel would chair fund-raising committee.

Messrs Turaki, Dankwambo and Tambuwal all unsuccessfully vied for the presidential ticket against Mr. Atiku.

Other key appointments into the campaign structure would be disclosed soon, Mr Ologbondiyan further said.