- The latest position of the PDP's BoT chairman, Walid Jubril, will, no doubt, put presidential aspirants like Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, and others in suspense
- Jubril noted on Tuesday, May 17, that the opposition party will produce a consensus candidate very soon
- The BoT boss said this decision, of course, does not stop aspirants from contesting at the primary
Lafia, Nasarawa - Amid consultations by presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with delegates who will vote for them during the primary, the talk about a consensus option has emerged.
However, Jubril, fielding questions from journalists, said the fact that the party's leadership is going for the option does not stop aspirants from contesting at the primary.
He noted that a loophole has forced the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) to reconsider its earlier agreement on zoning.
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“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 candidature.
“We have agreed to sit together to review that very seriously and come up with a suitable candidate to lead our party in the contest.
“We are not stopping any aspirant from contesting but we have to resolve to consensus. All the aspirants from the south east, south west and the north are working together to produce a consensus."
2023 presidency: PDP NEC finally gives last say on zoning, open ticket, consensus
Recall that the PDP on Wednesday, May 11, reached some milestone agreements ahead of its primaries for the 2023 elections.
PDP's decision on zoning
The PDP's NEC and BoT during a meeting in Benue state on Wednesday agreed to drop the idea of zoning after considering the days left to prepare for the polls.
PDP presidential ticket and consensus
The NEC and BoT also approved that the party's presidential ticket be thrown open to all aspirants, ThisDay reports.