- The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP says no campaign or support for any presidential aspirant on the party platform
- The BoT says it will work to prune down the number of aspirants seeking to be presidential candidate on the platform of the PDP
The BoT vows it will not force any aspirant to step down
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned its members against campaigning or supporting any of the 13 presidential aspirants on the platform of the party.
The Punch reports that the BoT took the decision in Abuja on Thursday, September 6.
The report said the chairman of the board, Senator Walid Jibrin, revealed the decision to journalists after the meeting adding that the members would look at the possibility of pruning the number of the aspirants.
To do this, he said the BoT said it would set up a committee that would help to prune the number of aspirants without asking any to step down.
“The BoT deliberated on the current situation in the party. We also discussed about the number of our presidential aspirants.
“We are recommending that we have to manage the situation very well, so that it does not lead to crisis. The presidential aspirants are 13. We are trying our best to ensure that the number is reduced.
“But we are not forcing anybody. More consultations are ongoing among the elders. We are going to bring out a committee that will be best for Nigerians.
“We are forming a committee to meet with the aspirants. After that we will decide on what to do. We have decided to firm a special committee to advise the National Working Committee.
“If you are a member of BoT, you remain as a member of BoT and conscience of the party. They should not move about with any aspirant.
“If we are really conscience of the party, we should not move about with aspirants. That was what happened during the last national convention when we elected the national chairman.
“Some of us went and pitch camp with aspirants, taking them all over the place. This time, we will not allow that to happen.
“Anyone of us who move about with any aspirant should resign from the BoT. We are the one that will settle the complaint.
“But if we are involved it will not be fair. So we have told the members not to campaign with the aspirants; we are also the delegates.”
The 13 aspirants currently battling for the PDP ticket include: former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; a former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; Aminu Tambuwal; Ibrahim Dankwambo and Attahiru Bafarawa.
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Others are former minister of special duties and inter-governmental relations, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki (SAN); a former governor of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; a former governor of Kano state, Ibrahim Shekarau; a former governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang and Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed, amongst others.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe, on Thursday, September 6, gave the outgoing governor of the state, Ibrahim Gaidam, the sole powers to anoint his successor and contest for Senate ahead of the 2019 election.
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