- The PDP BoT is planning to meet presidential aspirants
- The aim is to see if it can select a consensus candidate
- It encouraged party faithfuls to welcome defectors back
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) is set to meet presidential aspirants on the platform of the party to select a consensus candidate ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
This Day reports that Senator Walid Jibrin who is the chairman of the BoT revealed this on Wednesday, August 9 in Kaduna.
He said: “Efforts are on ground by BoT to bring all the PDP presidential aspirants together to consider how best they should accept one of them to stand, realising that despite their number, only one person will emerge as a candidate during the primaries and also only one person will emerge as the President of Nigeria”
He called on the party to welcome defectors and not condemned them.
“While we do this we will also consider the role played by our old and hardworking existing members who supported the party almost to the point of death.
“No decampee should be pushed away for now. We shall apply conflict management resolution methodology to enable us remain stronger.
“We must at all cost use sacrifice. In the light of the above, PDP shall never condone campaign of calumny against us by the APC as more of their members continue to decamp to PDP and… I assure them that they are all qualified but only one of them will become the President of Nigeria”
“We have men and women of honour in the BoT that will never sell their conscience ensuring that the best will come out of the presidential aspirant without fear and favour.
“I urge all organs of the party to partner with BoT in this respect. I call on all members of PDP to remain calm and resolute by remaining unshaken with the belief that PDP will take over government at the federal and states with majority of our members in National Assembly and state assemblies”.
He said defection of Senate President Bukola Saraki, governors Aminu Tambuwal, Samuel Ortom, Abdulfatai Ahmed, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso should be commended.
“They should therefore never be condemned but praise them for their boldness for taking a decision on behalf of their numerous supporters.
“The purported resignation of our Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, is also act of democracy.
“Therefore considering the recent action taken by Vice President Osibanjo, the PDP is happy to donate Akpabio to APC through him with great pleasure, as we have many PDP senators to do that job which has been upgraded to majority leader.
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“On behalf of the BoT, we wish Akpabio bye-bye and safe journey advising him to learn from history, especially from those that left us and are now returning enmass.”
Meanwhile, the Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did everything to prevent the former Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sahara Reporters reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that while speaking at a rally in Ikot Ekpene, on Wednesday, August 8, to welcome Akpabio to the APC, Lawan equated the capture of Akpabio to the loss of the 14 senators who dumped APC for the PDP.
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