By Yusuf Alli, Abuja.
There is disquiet in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over threats by Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed to back out of the Atiku Presidential Campaign.
Mohammed was said to be angry over alleged intelligence that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not keen on his second term ticket.
He allegedly felt slighted that he was not given free hand to manage the campaign in the Northeast.
The governor also complained about alleged disdain for him by the party’s presidential candidate.
He said of all the PDP presidential aspirants, he was the only one Atiku did not visit for rapprochement and reconciliation.
Also yesterday, the five aggrieved governors – Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo) — resolved to sustain their battle against Atiku and National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu.
It was learnt that Mohammed chose to be passive to PDP Presidential Campaign Council, despite his appointment as the Vice Chairman, North-East.
The governor alleged that since he was not trusted by the candidate, he would want to stand aloof.
But disturbed by the development, Ayu led a delegation to Bauchi State on Saturday to appease him.
The team, which comprised Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and ex-Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, pledged to “look into issues” raised and get back to the governor.
The sensitive nature of the shuttle to Bauchi accounted for why all the leaders said their mission was” not for the public. “
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that Mohammed made his” displeasure” known in a letter to Ayu.
A source, claimed that the Bauchi governor felt slighted by Atiku.
The source said: “You know Bala has been a committed party man, but he is unhappy that he was not been carried along as the Vice Chairman (North-East) of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council.
“He said he suspected that Atiku had not been keen on his second term aspiration. He said based on intelligence, it was discovered some Atiku’s loyalists in Bauchi have been allegedly undermining his re-election bid.
“What pained the governor most was that he was the only presidential aspirant who Atiku refused to visit for rapprochement or reconciliation after the primaries.
“ Bala then seized the opportunity of his recent birthday to organize a mega rally in Bauchi to show his strength to the party and prove that he is not a pushover. Atiku was excited at the rally.”