The denial of Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu has created a stir among backers of the proposed mega party.
According to a report by ThisDay Newspaper, the PDP faction of proposed mega party aren't comfortable with the positions of the ex-Vice President and ex-Governor of Lagos.
It was further reported that some members of the PDP felt that Atiku and Tinubu should have known what they were up against from the outset even though it is generally believed that news of their alleged involvement in the proposed party was out too early.
The report further quoted a PDP chieftain as saying, “We would have expected Atiku and Tinubu to have been more strategic in their reactions to the news. They just proved that they could develop cold feet at the slightest whiff and are not really prepared to take on the challenges that lie ahead.
"Their denials could be a setback for the mega party, as there is no way the formation can progress with this kind of attitude. We know it is going to be tough, but we must be ready to live with the consequences,” the chieftain was quoted.
Speaking further, the chieftain reportedly said the issue of the presidential candidacy is too early as the consolidation of the proposed party is yet to take place.
“It is true that the APC wing of the proposed party might have been pondering their options on the choice of candidate for the presidency, but the PDP too has its own take on all of this and there are many options from which the ideal candidate can be chosen.
“But first, we need to tidy up the amalgamation and other things will follow,” the chieftain was further quoted he said.
The report further stressed that the alleged stand of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo should not be dismissed as his influence on the choice of a presidential candidate for the mega party is key.