2023: My life is in danger for not declaring Atiku as presidential candidate, says PDP BoT Chairman/ Jibrin

Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Walid Jibrin, has disclosed he has been receiving death threats for not declaring former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

Recall that Jibrin recently declared plans were underway by the PDP to unveil its presidential candidate for the 2023 general election.

In announcement earlier reported by NVS, the BoT Chairman, however, noted candidate for party could come from any zone of the country.

Addressing journalists in Kaduna on Thursday, Jibrin stated he has gotten several death threats from people for not categorically mentioning Atiku as the party’s candidate.

His words: “I have received calls from some people threatening my life over my coming out not to mention that the presidency of this country be zoned to the north-east.

“They were saying that I am a traitor that I should have come out to say that it is only Atiku Abubakar because I said that Atiku was already overthrown by the supreme court.

“They said for that I should say Atiku is the man that I want. I am a leader, I have to make a lots of consultations with National Working Committee, our Governors, then the NEC had to take decision and they should not forget the party has a constitution and a guideline which says there must be primary for whoever wants to contest.

“About three people went to Wadata Plaza (the party secretariat in Abuja) and demanded to see Munir Yerima.

“When they were there, Yerima rang me saying where I am and I said I am in Kaduna, then he said some people want to talk to me and I said let me talk to them on phone, he said they are intermediary between me and some party people.

“They said I have gone astray and if I don’t recant they would arrange bandits to deal with me wherever I go.

“So, I told the man to go and do whatever he wants to do that Iam equal to the task. Then I realise its only a demonstration but they may be planning to assassinate me.

“I am a very religious person who cannot even kill a rat or even an ant, yet people are trying to harass me, to assassinate me. I want the police to give me protection and stop this harassment.

“They said the people are from Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi and Jigawa states. It is  a gang from these Northern states who are planning against me. Let’s see if the security agencies would allow this to happen. I would do all expected of me, I am not shaken.

“Soon NWC would convene a NEC meeting and convention to ratify the arrangements.

“There are people agitating for the Southwest, so we have to bring people together to agree on what people want, so they should leave me alone.”


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