The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has appointed Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim, both former senate presidents, into his campaign council.
Saraki and Anyim — who both contested the party’s presidential ticket but lost to Abubakar — were given the roles of “special envoy” and “special adviser”, respectively.
Also, Uche Secondus, a former national chairman of the PDP, was appointed as technical adviser.
Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun, and Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano, were appointed as special advisers.
In a statement on Monday, Paul Ibe, spokesman to the PDP presidential candidate, said the appointments “take immediate effect”.
“Atiku Abubakar charged the appointees to use their vast political experiences in ensuring that the PDP presidential campaign records resounding success in the 2023 election,” Ibe said.
The development comes amid the crisis in the PDP over calls for the removal of Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the party, who took over after Secondus was removed.