by Stanley Azuakola
One unresolved mystery in the political positioning of the factional Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is where exactly is the place of Atiku Abubakar in the new PDP setup?
Ever since the big day when 7 governors and the former vice president decided to stage a walkout from the Eagle Square during the PDP convention and form a faction, Atiku has become less frequently seen or associated with the group. He has not attended any of their several nocturnal meetings, neither was he visited by the All progressives Congress (APC) who recently embarked on a recruitment exercise. The key members of the new PDP are deliberating on whether to leave the PDP or remain but Atiku is hardly in the thick of things.
Some are speculating that the former vice president does not see any room for him in the new PDP setup or the APC, to pursue his presidential ambition. Atiku has however not commented on this.
Meanwhile, the former vice president was in Minna, the Niger capital on Friday to attend the 25th anniversary of the reign of the emir of Minna, HRH Alhaji Umaru Bahago.
He took the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to the Niger governor (who is a part of the new PDP), Babangida Aliyu, as well as former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.
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