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As I was saying about the permutations that won the victory today...

Before Tambuwal came into the venue last night, an indistinguishable man was announced and I knew immediately that The Generals had decided and he was here to oversee.

His name, Ali Gusau. #PDPConventionPHC
In 1999, Atiku was presiding over a PDM meeting to endorse Ekwueme as PDP presidential flagbearer when Gusau came and informed him that Obasanjo was the preferred candidate of The Generals.

Atiku postponed that meeting for two days and when they reconvened, dynamics had changed.
A debt was paid last night with the change in permutations but Otta is not a power base that shifts easily.

It took a call from the West to shift the stand of Otta, where the god that resides there had as far back as 3 months ago vowed to support whoever emerged from PDP.
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Was mildly surprised last night to see that the APC was also holding a convention from which the only positive I see is that someone isn’t totally lifeless but merely sleeping at one of the most important events of his life.

But let’s talk a bit about #PDPConventionPHC.
The permutations involved the horse-trading between aspirants, the concessions made in delegates, political deals and also rumours from online about Cash - which I saw none of personally, know no one who saw but I am certain happened as always in politics.

But first let me explain (as much as I can) a little about the PDP delegate system for the #PDPConventionPHC of 2018.

A National Delegate is one (s)elected from each of Nigeria’s 774 LGAs to vote at the National Convention/Presidential Primaries.

So you have 774 Elected.
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Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Pro-Chancellor, Baze University.
Former House of Reps member.
Erudite Scholar.

Ibrahim Dankwambo.

Former Accountant-General of the Federation.
Serving Governor. 
Political Performer.

Kabiru Tanimu Turaki.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Former Minister of Special Duties.
Former supervising Minister, Ministry of Labour.

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I feel I should say a quick word about my support for Alhaji Sule Lamido.

First of, I don’t arrive at decisions like this lightly and since 2015 - ever before meeting him, I’ve had my eyes on him politically.

And then I looked at the political landscape and also at my PDP.
I believe strongly that PDP lost its soul at some point under Obasanjo and moved far away from what the founding fathers intended.

Out of power, I felt it was a good time to reset and looking at all the founding fathers, only Lamido in my eyes could restore the founding values.
Looking into the polity, I felt PDP needed to strongly divide Buhari’s base - and of all the men in the PDP at that time, only Sule Lamido it seemed to me could break it.

He had a solid record of performance in Jigawa from all the records I saw but it was in 2017 I saw it myself
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After looking, what will you do?

If Wike needs convention in PH to impose someone because he’ll book all hotels, how did he manage to ‘impose’ Secondus in Abuja in 2017?

If Tambuwal emerges, it’s because most party stakeholders want him as flagbearer, not Wike only.
As far back as 1993, Abiola was housing delegates in Niger and Abuja for SDP convention in Jos - hotel accomodation is the least of delegate problems when it comes to party primaries.

For #PDPConventionPHC, whoever emerges will emerge because everyone wants him as flagbearer.
And if anyone is imposed, to think that more popularised aspirants like Atiku or Saraki and party-based ones like Lamido and Makarfi will keep quiet is foolish.

If anyone is imposed, the party base will revolt and we will see it happen - so I’m not bothered honestly.
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People overrate Wike as a power-base in the PDP and while I understand that it’s partly due to how vocal he is but also because people assume the PDP is like the APC with power-bases built around single individuals.

And a lot of misconceptions are now being introduced.
That Wike singlehandedly imposed Ali Modu Sheriff on the PDP as Chairman or that he did the same with Uche Secondus is false - and I’m shocked that matters of recent history can be twisted to suit narratives so conveniently.

Ali Modu Sheriff emerged initially by consensus.
If there was any Governor who championed Sheriff for Chairman the most, it was Gov. Fayose - and he didn’t do it alone, all other PDP Govs under the chairmanship of Gov. Mimiko agreed.

Buruji Kashamu was another great champion of Sheriff ab initio, not Gov. Wike.
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