- PDP source says getting a serving governor as a presidential candidate would not be an easy task
- The party is reportedly considering Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state for the presidential ticket
- One the Nigerian political coalitions NIM vows that it would defeat the ruling APC during 2019 general elections
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly planning to field a serving governor as its presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections.
Daily Trust reports that the party’s decision to field a serving governor for its presidential ticket was prompted by the need to find someone that would be covered by executive immunity till May 29, 2019.
Some PDP chieftains told the newspaper that the party was exploring several other options as well but that getting a saleable serving governor would not be an easy task.
”You can’t rule out the possibility of the PDP fielding a serving governor but we are being painstaking in the process of selecting our presidential candidate," a former member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) said.
“The overall objective is to get that person that can defeat President Buhari; someone who will not be arrested later for alleged corruption. So we are exploring several options, including fielding a serving governor from the North.”
The party currently has only two serving governors from the north, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe state who is rounding off his second term and Darius Ishaku of Taraba state who is in his first term.
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The PDP had zoned its presidential ticket to the north even as some sources said its searchlight for a credible candidate would go beyond party affiliation.
Unconfirmed reports have it that the party is also considering Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state for the ticket on grounds of his youthful age and immunity.
Though, Tambuwal is still in the All Progressives Congress (APC) but PDP sources said the party is trying to capitalise on the grievances of the nPDP members within the APC to woo him.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, on Tuesday, May 15, said efforts are in the offing, alongside other eight political parties to wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government in 2019.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Balewa, who disclosed this in Abuja after his meeting with eight political parties and other stakeholders, said the movement is set to work out a grand coalition for an election alliance that would bring fresh breed into governance in 2019.
Legit.ng gathered that among the representatives of the parties at the meeting include Labour Party (LP); Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); Action Democratic Party (ADP); Social Democratic Party (SDP); Action Alliance (AA); KOWA Party; as well as Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) and United Progressive Party of Nigeria (UPPN).
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