8 PDP Governorship Aspirants Opt For Consensus To Unseat Gov El-Rufai
No fewer than eight governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State have agreed to come out with a consensus candidate for the 2019 election.
One of the aspirants, Ja’afaru Sa’ad, who made this known in Kaduna on Friday, described the development as commendable.
Sa’ad, who holds the traditional title of Galadiman Ruwan Zazzau, said that the idea was for the PDP to form a united front capable of defeating whoever the ruling APC fields as its candidate.
“Eight of us seeking for the party ticket have been urged by our party to go, discuss among ourselves and come out with a consensus candidate.
“We are all qualified and capable, but as members of the same family we do not have room for internal crisis usually associated with primary elections.
He said that the measure would enable the party channel all its resources, expertise and energy into ensuring that it put up a good fight.
He identified the other aspirants as Isah Ashiru, Mohammed Sani Bello; Bello Kagarko; Sani Sidi; Jonathan Kish; Ramalan Yero the immediate past governor of the state; and Shuaibu Mikati.
“Our central goal is to beat the APC and its candidate, as such, the need for PDP, being a one united family to work together for the interest of the party and the people of the state.
“Eight of us were at the meeting on Tuesday, except for Ashiru who sent a representative.
“We embraced the idea with all our heart. We will commence sitting hopefully this week to bring out one candidate that will beat the APC come 2019 elections,” he assured.
Sa’ad encouraged other states and “even at the national level for the presidential seat” to take similar step in the selection of candidates for various offices.
Confirming the decision, Ibrahim Wusono, the PDP Secretary in the state, said that it was a collective agreement of the party executives, elders and members.
“We have the option of either coming out with a consensus candidate out of the eight currently vying for the gubernatorial ticket, or conducting an election if we could not reach a consensus.
“As party executive, we met with members, elders of the party; former Vice President Namadi Sambo and Mohammed Makarfi among others to decide on the way forward.
Wusono, however, said that if another aspirant emerges after the consensus, the party would not deny him the opportunity to aspire for the governorship ticket.
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