PDP Presidential Heavyweights, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Bukola Saraki, Atiku Abubakar, Take The Toughest Decisions, Ahead Of The 2019 General Elections

By Post-Nigeria: September 11, 2018 08:32

PDP Presidential Heavyweights, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Bukola Saraki, Atiku Abubakar, Take The Toughest Decisions, Ahead Of The 2019 General Elections

The Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has set up a Committee to liaise with all the 2019 Presidential Aspirants of the party, to discuss the possibility of having a consensus candidate.

The BoT also warned its members against campaigning for any of the Aspirants, in order not to polarise the party.

The BoT Chairman, Walid Jibrin, stated that these decisions were taken after the meeting of the Board, which was held in Abuja, recently.

However, some top Presidential Aspirants of the PDP, including former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Monday, technically disagreed on the Presidential ticket of the party been given to a consensus candidate.

At separate fora on Monday, the three of them expressed readiness to go for the party’s primary.

It was widely reported that Saraki, during a meeting with the Benue State Working Committee of the PDP, in Makurdi, insisted that it was the turn of the North-Central zone to lead the country.

The President of the Senate, also stated that his Presidential aspiration was driven by an obsession for justice, fairness, and respect for the rule of law.

Saraki stated: “As a geopolitical zone, we have paid our dues. It is the turn of our zone to lead Nigeria to stability. We have gone through bad times. The nation has become crisis-ridden; the killings are uncalled for, and the Benue valley is the worst hit. There should be justice to every citizen, regardless of geographical location.

“Democracy entails freedom or rights of the people. Our rights should not be imprisoned.”

According to him, Nigeria needs Leaders who are capable of representing all interest groups, and not a section of the country.

“My Presidential ambition is a collective decision borne out of a desire to salvage the disunity that we are witnessing”, he said.

Meanwhile, Saraki submitted his Presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to the party, in Abuja, on Monday evening.

Saraki said that his antecedents stand him out among the other Aspirants.

He stated that he had the opportunity of serving as Governor of Kwara State, and that he is currently serving on the Legislative side; stressing that, it is important that the country has a President who could bring all parties on board.

On whether he can step down for a consensus candidate, he noted: “I do not 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, there will be no need dividing ourselves.”

Also, the Spokesman for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Mr. Segun Sowunmi, said that his principal is confident of emerging as the PDP 2019 Presidential candidate.

Sowunmi revealed that since the PDP had not micro-zoned the Presidency to the North-Central, Atiku would not step down for anyone.

He said: “The business of zoning is a party matter, and the PDP to the best of my knowledge, has not micro-zoned its Presidency. It was only zoned to the North. Having said that, the former Vice President has evolved beyond the candidacy of a tendency, or even a zone.

“He is a pan-Nigeria candidate, but we recognise that this country has become extremely divided, and it takes a pan-Nigerian, who has a relationship with every part of this country, to be able to bring the nation together. This is one of the many reasons he is needed.”

Also, Kwankwaso, who spoke through his Principal Secretary, Binta Spikin, stated that he could defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, and as such, would prefer to go for the primary, rather than backing down for anybody.

According to Spikin, what is important is for the PDP to present a popular candidate who can beat Buhari, in the 2019 Presidential election.

Reacting to the claim that it was the turn of the North-Central to lead the country, she stated, “No, we do not agree, and I do not think we should agree. Why? It is because what we are looking at, is that person who can deliver votes. And going by the happenings in Nigeria, Senator Kwankwaso is the only person who can beat President Muhammadu Buhari. That is if you are talking about mass followership.

“From whatever direction one is looking at it, the most interesting and obvious fact is, who can beat President Muhammadu Buhari in the next election, and that person is Senator Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso.”

However, asked whether Kwankwaso would reject a consensus candidacy, Spikin stated: “Senator Kwankwaso believes in the law and party supremacy, hence he will be part of anything that will contribute to the overall success of the party.”


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