- The PDP has listed the names of its presidential aspirants ahead of 2019 election
- With the number of its aspirants, the PDP is afraid that there might be crisis after its presidential primaries, hence it is considering the possibility of reducing the number
- However, the chairman of the party's Board of Trustees (BoT) Walid Jibrin, said that the opposition will not force anyone out of the race
In an effort to avoid controversies after its presidential primaries, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s Board of Trustees (BoT) has said that it is considering the reduction of the number of its aspirants.
The chairman of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, on Thursday, September 6, in Abuja revealed this after a meeting with members of the board. So far, the PDP has about 13 aspirants seeking to fly the presidential ticket of the party, Premium Times reports.
Among the aspirants are former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso; governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal; governor of Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwambo and a former governor of Sokoto, Attahiru Bafarawa.
Others include a former minister of special duties and inter-governmental relations, Kabiru Turaki; a former governor of Kaduna, Ahmed Makarfi; a former governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau; a former governor of Plateau, Jonah Jang and Datti Baba-Ahmed, and immediate past senate president, David Mark who was the last to declare his intention.
However, Jibrin said that the party will however not force anyone out of the race. Jibrin said: “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 form a special committee to advise the National Working Committee.”
He further said that members of the BoT have been barred from partiality or campaigning for any aspirant.
He stated: “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 the 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.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Saraki had officially declared his intention to seek the office of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Saraki made the declaration on Thursday, August 30.
The Senate president made this declaration at Sheraton hotel where he met with young aspirants of the PDP.
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