Task ahead for People Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, may not only be limited to election campaign and activity, but could also involve resolving of crisis brewing among support groups, who have continued engaging in supremacy battle, particularly between two factional groups’ members who were reported to have engaged in fight for recognition.
Of the troubled groups were Atiku Reloaded led by one Bello Osaretin God lpower and Atiku Die Hard which is under, Ibrahim Sufi’s control, whose members were said to had engaged in fight during a press conference on Monday in Abuja.
As gathered, fight over which group becomes what had continue creating confusion within Atiku’s campaign organization days after Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, was appointed as Director General of the campaign house.
The Guild learnt that various groups from over 2000 Atiku’s support groups had been laying claims on supremacy right while another set were pushing for those not to be recognized by the campaign organisation.
However, a source from the campaign office who confided in The Guild, confirmed that the two groups’ members engaged in fight over rating of one support group above other and that various organizations had been seen agitating against non recognition.
She disclosed that of 2000 Atiku support groups, the two groups members had supremacy battle over recognition by the campaign organisation and that the office needs to find common ground for entire supporters of Atiku before the 2019 election.
The source added that the groups headed by God lpower and Sufi took to streets in Abuja during which they expressed their various dissatisfaction against supremacy.
She hinted that fight broke off after members of the Atiku Die Hard learnt of the reloaded group staging press conference to lay claim of its supreme above other group, the action of which the source claimed could pass wrong signal to other support grioups,
“It is a good development that support groups are struggling for space and recognition in the Atiku Campaign organisation but that should be done with decorum”.
Besides, a source from the Atiku Die hard, who later spoke to our correspondent through phone after the fight, alleged that the intention of the Atiku’s Reloaded Group was to stage a press conference and such move could send a wrong signal to the world that there were problems within Atiku support groups.
He stated that the action of his group’s members was to prevent the other group from holding the conference in a civil manner, before they were been attacked by the Atiku reloaded members who he claimed violently resisted the disruption of the press conference.
Also, a member of the Atiku Reloaded, who also spoke on the same issue, claimed that notable members of the group had warned the leader of organisation against consequence of the action and that the move could send wrong signal to members of the public.
He told The Guild that Atiku Reloaded’s motives of embarking on such a mission maybe attributed to wanting to send a wrong signal to the society and that the action of the group’s leader caused members abandoning the group.
“Because of the proposed plan to embark on street protest to press home their demand for recognition, members of the Atiku Reloaded are already exiting the group.
Bello God’s power is on his own. Because we are for Atiku and why should we be making unnecessary problems where there is none”.
Meanwhile, effort by The Guild to reach the Director of support groups in the Atiku campaign organisation on the issue proved abortive as they were no members of the directorate available to speak to our correspondent.