- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has begun the process of reducing the number of presidential aspirants in the party
- This is in a bid to avert crisis that may likely spring up after the party's primary election
- There are indications that just three aspirants would emerge after the process to slug it out
A report by The Guardian indicates that the PDP has begun the process of reducing the number of presidential aspirants in the party ahead of its October 6 primary election.
According the report, the move is aimed at averting any likely crisis that may arise after the exercise.
NAIJ.com checks reveals that there are over 15 presidential aspirants under the major opposition party as at the time of this report.
The party had zoned the ticket to the northern region, comprising three geo-political zones - north central, northeast and northwest.
As the selection process gets nearer, there are indications that just three aspirants would emerge, one from each zone to slug it out among themselves.
In the northwest geo-political, the battle is said to be between Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal and former Kano governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso. The duo recently dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the PDP to realise their ambitions.
In a recent meeting comprising major stakeholders in the PDP from the north central, it was agreed that only one aspirant would be presented from the zone. Dr. Bukola Saraki; the Senate president, his predecessor; Senator David Mark and Senator Jonah Jang, are the main contenders from the zone.
Leaders from the northeast zone are also said to be meeting to adopt one candidate, which will be a two-way battle between former vice president; Atiku Abubakar and the governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Dankwambo.
Meanwhile, following media reports that a former minister of education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, is considering leaving the PDP, the National Working Committee of the party has taken steps to ensure he stays back.
In a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, September 4, the party announced it had resolved to expand the Kano state caretaker committee to accommodate all interests in line with its adherence to the principles of all-inclusiveness.
The statement signed by the party's spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the PDP was also open to opinions and suggestions from stakeholders in ensuring reconciliation and accommodation of all interests within its fold in the state.
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