The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has expressed confidence in his abilty to win the PDP presidential primaries coming up as his party sets to pick a favourable venue for its National Convention.
PDP has fixed the convention for October to pick its presidential candidate; but there is disagreement within the leadership of the party over the venue of the event Naija News understands.
While the National Working Committee has indicated the convention will hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Board of Trustees said no decision has been reached on the venue, echoing concerns by some party members that plans to take the convention out of Abuja were hatched to favour Mr Tambuwal.
The Sokoto State governor has been heavily speculated as the preferred candidate of his influential Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, who is a major financier of the party and long time ally of its National Chairman, Uche Secondus.
Mr Wike was believed to have played a principal role in luring Mr Tambuwal back to the PDP, with some reports suggesting the main carrot he dangled at the Sokoto governor was the PDP presidential ticket.
It is speculated that the Rivers governor will be more comfortable pulling the strings of the convention from his home base in Port Harcourt than in Abuja.
Although a first term governor, Mr Tambuwal has seemingly forfeited the chance to seek a second term and has opted to run for president next year.