- The north central zone believes it is qualified to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2019
- The zone met in Abuja to fashion out best ways to produce a consensus candidate ahead of the PDP primaries
Those at the meeting included former governors, leaders of the PDP and Senate president, Bukola Saraki
To ensure that the presidential flag bearer of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) comes from the north central zone of the country, the leaders of the party in the sub-region have commenced moves that would see them standing before a consensus candidate.
Vanguard reports that the leaders from the zone resolved to present the consensus candidate ahead of the primaries of the party.
According to them, the time had become ripe for the north central to produce the next president of Nigeria since it has competent, capable and experienced aspirants that can improve the fortunes of the country and its people.
The report said the resolution was taken at a meeting, late Wednesday, September 5.
The meeting was reportedly attended by party leaders from the region, including former governors, former and serving legislators, members of the business community and the academia.
The report added that the PDP leaders from the zone also believe it is the turn of the north central to produce the president of Nigeria.
They mandated themselves to engage their counterparts in other geopolitical zones with a view to convincing them to support the consensus aspirants that will be produced by the north central.
The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, who spoke with the leaders at the meeting, informed them of his presidential ambition and noted that the zone had been a stabilising factor in Nigeria.
He argued that from previous experience, it was clear that its leaders have the capacity and will power to unite and develop Nigeria.
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The report also quoted the zone’s vice chairman, Theophilus Dakah Shan, of agreeing that it was true that the north central served as a cardinal point for where Nigeria will go.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) described the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party that six APC governors and some senators have concluded plans to join its fold, as hallucination.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, stated this in a statement on Thursday, September 6, in Abuja.