Sambo’s role in PDP ticket still shaky

Vice President Namadi Sambo’s position in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for next year’s general election is still shaky.

Last week, all the organs of the PDP endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s candidate without a word on Sambo.

The party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh, said the VP’s fate was in the hands of the President, but 24 hours later, he said Sambo is a member of the “winning team”.

But the poster of PDP National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu for vice president has flooded Abuja.

Also yesterday, PDP BoT chair Chief Tony Anenih visited Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido in Dutse, the state capital.

Lamido has also been linked with the vice presidency by some people within  the party.

The deal that made him to back off from declaring his presidential interest is still unclear.

Mua’zu’s posters were seen in many parts of Abuja, signposting that all is not well in the party.

Pro-Sambo forces enlisted some cleaners, policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to mop up the posters whose appearance created jitters in the Presidency.

Investigation by our correspondents revealed that the posters, bearing the photographs of the President and Mu’azu, were produced by the National Chairman Support Group, one of the associations assisting the PDP National Chairman to consolidate in office.

“Security agencies are already probing the source of the posters in order to determine the real motive of the sponsors.”

A source in VP’s camp simply said: “Let us see how far Muazu can go.”

Anenih was accompanied by senior party members and the party’s national vice Chairman Northwest, Ambassador Ibrahim Musa Kazaure, paid unscheduled visit to the meeting at Presidential Lodge with Lamido.

Speaking at the Dutse International Airport, Anenih said: “I came to see my son Governor Sule Lamido.”

Anenih declined to comment on the speculation that the PDP would replace Sambo with Lamido. “Sule Lamido is a mature leader. This is my third visit to Jigawa this year and we have no problem as you are speculating,” he said.

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