SEVERAL members of the UMNO supreme council are backing Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and urged the party president to stand his ground and defend his post at all costs.
I understand that the move to encourage Abdullah to fight all the way is led by party Sec Gen Datuk Teuku Adnan, and assisted by a state liaison chief and another supreme council member from a northern state.
The state chief told members of the state liaison committee not to be influenced by unfounded talk that the party president is under siege. Instead, the state chief insisted that Abdullah will get the nominations to defend his post come mid December.
In the past 24 hours, party operators and ground leaders have been busy meeting in small groups to push their agenda through. On Thursday, many supreme council members spoke out advising Abdullah to step down and not wait for 2010 to execute the transition plan endorsed two months ago by the council.
The supreme council members who spoke out on Thursday believed that Abdullah won't be getting the required number of nominations to defend his post. A contestant for the number one post needs 58 nominations in order to qualify to make a bid for the presidency.
Those pushing for leadership change are also on the ground, meeting division chiefs and re-inforcing the change agenda. The division chiefs are most sought after because they have considerable say and can influence nominations.
Divisional meetings starts on Oct 9.