2019: PDP Presidential Aspirants Reject Consensus
As the race for the sole presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party thickens, the aspirants have been implored to accept the outcome of the primary in good faith.
The National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, and governors elected on the platform of the party met with the aspirants in the party in Abuja on Tuesday night.
The meeting was held at the private residence of the Governor of Ekiti State, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose.
Aspirants who were at the meeting were the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki; Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, and a former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark.
Also at the meeting were a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang; a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed.
The remaining four aspirants who were also present were a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; a former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, and a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Tanimu Turaki (SAN).
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The Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, was said to be absent from the meeting.
Sources at the meeting said that Fayose, who recently announced that he had dropped his presidential ambition because of the alleged robbing of the PDP candidate in the Ekiti State governorship election by the All Progressives Congress, started the discussion.
He was said to have told the aspirants on the need to work together and have a common front ahead of the primary, which had been fixed for October 5 and 6.
He was also said to have implored the aspirants to accept the outcome of the primary in good faith, and that whoever won would be supported by all, including those that lost.
A source at the meeting said, “It was a family gathering where all those present voiced out their mind on the need to have a credible and acceptable presidential primary.
Secondus, it was gathered, assured the governors and the aspirants that the members of the National Working Committee of the party had no favourite aspirant among the aspirants.
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