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Consensus presidential candidate divides PDP governors

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors have disagreed on adopting any of the 12 presidential aspirants on the platform of the party as a consensus presidential candidate.

The governors, who met last night at Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge, also chose Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as the venue of PDP National Convention for election of the party’s presidential candidate.

The governors, had in a communique on Monday resolved to have an all-inclusive meeting with all the party presidential aspirants, with the National Chairman, two national officers of the party, and the leaders of the party in both chambers of the National Assembly in attendance.

A source at the meeting yesterday disclosed that the governors resolved that all the aspirants should go for primaries.

“The governors disagreed with the issue of consensus. They said that all the aspirants should go for the primaries to avoid unforeseen development. They want a contest among the aspirants so that the best can emerge.

“On the issue of convention, the source said that Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states were suggested, but Enugu and Akwa Ibom were discarded because of accommodation issues.”

According to him, Rivers State was chosen because it has enough accommodation.

Meanwhile, former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, yesterday sharply disagreed with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on the choice of presidential flag bearer for PDP in the 2019 general elections.
Lamido told Atiku that he is older than him in politics.

Both are among 12 presidential aspirants seeking to fly the ticket of the PDP in next year’s presidential election.

Two weeks ago, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus met with all the aspirants and advised them talk to each other to prune down the number.

Atiku, who was in Dutse, Jigawa State on Monday in continuation of his presidential campaign tour, reportedly asked Lamido to step down for him in the presidential primary because of being his senior.

He recalled in 1993 when former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua stepped down for his elder brother, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Katsina State.

“Junior brother cannot contest against his senior brother, the junior brother instantly stepped down for his brother due to his loyalty,” Atiku said.

But the former governor, in a statement yesterday by his spokesperson, Adamu Muhammed Usman, said he was not in the presidential race to step down for anybody.

“While it is true he is older than me age wise, I’m senior to him politically because I was in the House of Representatives in 1979 when he was an employee of Nigerian Customs Services. And if age is the criterion for standing election, then he should drop out for Buhari,” Lamido stated.

 

The former governor added that he has been a patient, loyal and committed party member, stating that even if he did not show interest in the presidential race, PDP should have called him to be the flag bearer.

The former governor noted that if there is anyone the other aspirants should step down for, it should be Sule Lamido “because he has the good and political will, experience and capacity to confront the ruling party, APC.

“Also, if Lamido is to step down, why would he aspire in the first place? Sule Lamido is out to run for the presidency come 2019, God willing,” Adamu stated.

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