PDP’LL soon be­gin search for 2023 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date – BOT

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - God­win Isenyo, Kaduna

The Chair­man, Board of Trustees of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, Sen­a­tor Walid Jib­rin, has hinted the party will soon com­mence high­level con­sul­ta­tions and search for a cred­i­ble can­di­date to fly the party’s flag for the 2023 pres­i­dency.

Jubrin, who made this known while speaking with news­men in Kaduna on Thurs­day, also said ev­ery in­ter­ested and el­i­gi­ble mem­ber of the party from any part of Nige­ria was free to as­pire for the pres­i­dency un­der the PDP plat­form.

When asked whether the PDP would adopt Atiku Abubakar, its can­di­date in the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the BOT chair­man said the for­mer Vice-pres­i­dent ,like ev­ery other Nige­rian, could still con­test if he so wished.

“Atiku is a Nige­rian. has he re­ally failed in that (2019 pres­i­den­tial) elec­tion? The case went from the tri­bunal to the ap­peal court and up to the Supreme Court. If Atiku wants, he has the right to do so and other peo­ple have the right to do so. Do you think it is only Atiku that wants to con­test?

“On the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee, in con­sul­ta­tion with all rel­e­vant or­gans of the party, will re­veal the plan for com­ing up with our pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

“I don’t think there is any­thing wrong to al­low any­body from any zone to show in­ter­est, but our col­lec­tive de­ci­sion will bring out an agree­able can­di­date.

“Mean­while, what is there for us is to work hard to unite the party by mak­ing it the strong­est and un­beat­able party in the next pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.”

Walid also said the BOT was mak­ing the nec­es­sary moves to rec­on­cile the gov­er­nors of Rivers State, Nye­some Wike and his Bayelsa State coun­ter­part, Se­ri­ake Dick­son

The rift be­tween the two South-south gov­er­nors took a twist on Tues­day when Wike re­jected the PDP in­ter­ven­tion in the mat­ter.

how­ever, the BOT chair­man said it would in­ter­cede in or­der to put its house in or­der ahead of the 2023 gen­eral elec­tions.

The BOT chair­man said, “The BOT is mak­ing nec­es­sary ar­range­ment to rec­on­cile the Gov­er­nor of Rivers State, Nye­som Wike and the Gov­er­nor of Bayelsa State, Se­ri­ake Dick­son and of course, all mem­bers in or­der to unite our party with a view to tak­ing over gov­ern­ment from the rul­ing APC in 2023.

“The dis­unity among the PDP gov­er­nors de­mands ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion by the con­science of the party and the ad­vi­sory body. The BOT is ready to re­main neu­tral all the time.

“Such in­ter­ven­tion will start im­me­di­ately with the two gov­er­nors. The BOT will there­fore pay a spe­cial visit to the two gov­er­nors in or­der to end the cri­sis.

“We have also di­rected the BOT Com­mit­tee on Peace and Con­flicts to visit Edo, Kano, La­gos, Osun, Bayelsa and other states which are en­gulfed in con­flicts with a view to mak­ing peace.”

he added the BOT would visit other PDP gov­er­nors in the South-south geopo­lit­i­cal zone, to en­cour­age them to con­tinue with the de­vel­op­ment in their var­i­ous states.

The BOT chair­man also ad­mon­ished party mem­bers to stay away from hate speech and avoid abu­sive lan­guages among mem­bers and non­mem­bers alike.

“All mem­bers must re­spect the dig­nity and supremacy of the party,” he said.

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