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PDP primary: Atiku releases schedule for nationwide tour and mega rally

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PDP primary: Atiku releases schedule for nationwide tour and mega rally

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar will be commencing a consultation and familiarization tour across the country beginning from July 16, 2018 ahead of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

His campaign director-general, Gbenga Daniel, released a schedule showing that Atiku will begin with a scheduled visit to Gombe State on Monday then proceed to Borno State on Tuesday, Taraba on Wednesday and Adamawa on Thursday.

“Atiku will commence the South West visitation on Monday, July 30 in Lagos while that of North East will start from Jigawa on August 6th with North West, South East and North Central scheduled for August 7th, August 13th and August 15th respectively,” the statement said.

The mega rally and why it matters

An official reception in respect of his presidential ambition has been slated for Saturday July 21st in Yola by the Adamawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, tagged “Mega Rally”.

This rally could be crucial for Atiku’s chances. A major criticism of the former VP is that he does not have a large following in his home base and may be unable to match or win Pres. Buhari even in Adamawa. The mega rally would be a crucial step in the process for Atiku to shift that impression in the minds of PDP delegates.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) timetable released in January mandates all political parties to conduct party primaries including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries between August 18 and October 7, 2018.

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