Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, the National Working Committee (NWC) and the Board of Trustees (BOT) are at loggerheads over the choice of the aspirant to fly the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections, Daily Trust reports.
The party had jettisoned zoning and threw the contest open.
It was gathered that while the PDP governors are rooting for one of their own to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate, the NWC and the BOT are looking outside the governors’ forum for the flagbearer.
The development is said to have pitched the various organs at each other’s throats ahead of the presidential primary, slated for May 28 and 29.
A source familiar with the matter said: “The party is working to reduce the number of aspirants before the primaries, nothing is certain for now, but the leadership does not want all the 15 aspirants to contest.
“Definitely on their own, some of the aspirants might even step down and join forces with those they feel might have a brighter chance of winning the election.
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“The main challenge now is how to zero in. The governors are rooting for one of their own to clinch the ticket of the party. But the NWC and the BOT are not in support of the governors.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, could not be reached for comment on the matter.
Consensus candidate possible – BOT chair
PDP Board of Trustee Chairman, Walid Jibrin, said there is a high possibility that the party’s presidential candidate may emerge through a consensus arrangement.
Jibrin stated this while briefing newsmen at the PDP secretariat in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He said: “The NEC has made it known earlier that there will be no zoning and no consensus. But right now, there is a loophole, therefore, we need to review that earlier decision and come up with a consensus candidate.
“We have agreed unanimously to sit together to review that very seriously and come up with a suitable candidate to lead our party and wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the polls.
“We are not going to prevent any aspirant from contesting, but we have to resolve to consensus. All the aspirants from the South East, South West and the North are putting their heads together to ensure that we produce a consensus candidate.”
Southern PDP leaders consider fresh option
Meanwhile, PDP leaders in the 17 southern states have begun moves to ensure that the party’s presidential ticket is secured by an aspirant from the region or a northern aspirant with strong roots in the South, Daily Trust learnt.
The intendment of those behind this plot is to ensure that the outcome of the PDP presidential primary produces a win-win situation for the south irrespective of where the candidate comes from.
“Southern delegates may come together and choose a northern candidate who has strong roots in the South. He must be somebody who has a close affinity and filial relationship with us. He must be somebody who understands the challenges facing the South and can run a government that is based on equity, justice, and inclusiveness and knows what it is to suffer injustice or the pains of the minority.
“It is the reason why we will not support aspirants from the far north. We will rather support aspirants whose zone has not produced any of the two positions in the Presidency of Nigeria. An ideal candidate for the PDP is somebody from either the South or the northern minority.
“That means that if the South plays its card very well, it can produce a southern candidate from the North”, said a source, who is playing a key role in strategising on the new move.
Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi
The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.
Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.
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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.
Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”
Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration
Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.
But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.
Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.
According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.
“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.
“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.
“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.
“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”
I will reveal my presidential candidate soon, says Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, said he would soon reveal to the people of the state his choice of presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
Speaking during the inauguration of Rukpokwu-Rumuapu-Izo-Ogbodo Igwuruta Link Road at Rumuapu, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, he said, “I will tell you where we will vote. These ones (governorship, senatorial, reps and state assembly candidates) I mentioned, make sure you come and vote for them.
“Very soon, we’ll meet in our houses and take decision where we are going to.
“You will work for a party that has come to your aid; a party that has brought dividends of democracy.
“If the people of Rukpokwu are not happy, will they be here? Governance is all about the happiness of the people.
“When the people are happy, we are happy. So, if I come here to address you everybody will listen to me.”
The governor also spoke on security in Rivers, saying, “Yesterday (Monday), the Inspector General of Police came and we commissioned the Intelligence and Surveillance Centre. I tell all who may be thinking of kidnapping, the time is over.
“As it is now, in that intelligence centre, we will be watching you on screen. Anywhere you are on the road we are seeing you. That period is over when you think you will commit a crime and run away.”
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