The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) has barred members of the Trustees from campaigning for any of presidential aspirants on the platform.
The decision not to show support for any of the 13PDP presidential aspirants was reached at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, September 6, 2018.
This was disclosed to journalists by the PDP BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin,
He stated that the Board would look at the possibility of “pruning” the number of the aspirants.
According to him, “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 firm a special committee to advice the National Working Committee. 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 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,” he said.
He continued, “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.”
In the same vein, the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has said that presidential aspirants under the umbrella of the party must sign an undertaking before the primary election.
Presently, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Senate President Bukola Saraki,former Senate President David Mark, former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo and a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa have shown interest in emerging the party’s presidential flag bearer at the February 2019 election.
Other presidential aspirants who have indicated interest are: former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed, former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki (SAN).