- PDP former ministers met in Abuja on Monday, July 3
- They met to decided who among them would represent the party in 2019 presidential election
- Two ministers from northern states have shown their interest in the post
Former ministers under the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party met in Abuja on Monday, July 3rd, to decide who will represent them in 2019 presidential election.
The ministers claimed that PDP will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 and the party candidate should be from the ex-minister forum.
NAIJ.com gathered that two ministers from the northern part of Nigeria shows their interest in contesting for Nigeria's presidency.
The ministers are:
1. Former minister of foreign affairs, Alhaji Sule Lamido
2. Former minister of special duties under the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Saminu Turaki (SAN)
Though Lamido was not at the meeting, Turaki, who is also the chairman of the forum, was present.
It was also gathered that the meeting resolved that the forum should encourage other members of the party to show interest in the race.
Punch reports that a source claimed that: "We resolved that it would be better to have the party’s presidential candidate among our members.
“We have some of our members who have shown interest in the race. However, if we can’t get an acceptable candidate, we will also spread our tentacle to other members. But we want a former minister as the party’s candidate.”
Turaki, who read the communique of the meeting to journalists, said that the forum was solidly behind the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the party.
He also commended the efforts by the PDP Board of Trustees, PDP Governors Forum, National Assembly caucus and the Prof. Jerry Gana-led Strategic Review Committee for the repositioning of the party.
Turaki said: “People behave differently to different situation. We are not unaware of the point President Muhammadu Buhari made when Yar’Adua was sick. For us as former ministers, we wish him speedy recovery.
“We want him to come back and continue the job for which he persistently fought to be elected for and for which he was elected.
“We want him to come and continue because we want to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election and not anybody else.”
Meanwhile, a group in North East Democratic Enlightenment Initiative (NDEI) has declared its supports for Sule Lamido, the former Jigawa state governor, to contest for the 2019 presidential election.
Aliyu Garkuwa, the group’s chairman made this known in Bauchi on Thursday, June 29, adding that Nigerians have to support him to become the president of Nigeria.
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