- Senate president Bukola Saraki has rejected PDP BoT's move to have a consensus candidate ahead of the party's presidential primary
- He said he would not step down for any presidential aspirant of the party
- The former governor of Kwara state, however, urged that party to give all aspirants a level playing ground during the primary
The Senate president and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bukola Saraki, has ruled out the possibility of stepping down for any of the presidential aspirants despite the moves by the party’s Board of Trustees to have a consensus candidate.
Daily Trust reports that while speaking with newsmen on Monday night, September 10, at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja shortly after submitting his expression of interest forms, Saraki said all aspirants should be given a level playing field to slug it out at the primary.
NAIJ.com gathered that Saraki, a former governor of Kwara state, asked the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to be free and fair in the process leading to the primaries for the best person to emerge.
He said: “I don’t think the consensus thing is the issue before us, because we are trying to ensure that there is internal democracy in the system and very credible primaries. What is important is that at the end of the day we have something that is rancour-free.
“What I can tell you is that we are working together because we are still part of one family. I believe at the end of the day, we will have a process that whoever emerges will be supported by all of us; so that there will be no need dividing ourselves,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that with a few days to the primaries of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor of Jigawa state who is also a PDP presidential hopeful, Sule Lamido, said he will not step down for Atiku Abubakar.
It was reported that Lamido expressed this while making a rejoinder to a statement credited to Atiku that he (Lamido) would step down for him because of age sympathy and for the fact that they share the same political ideology.
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It was gathered that Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, said while addressing the PDP political class in Dutse, Jigawa state on Monday, September 10, that he and the former governor share the same bloodline through his (Atiku's) mother who hailed from Jigawar Sarki, a village in Dutse local government area of Jigawa state.
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