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Again, Secondus rules out candidates’ imposition

Again, Secondus rules out candidates’ imposition

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The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has assured all its 13 presidential aspirants that they will be given free and equal chance at the party’s national convention slated for October 5 and 6 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

It also said that neither the governors nor members of the National Working Committee would impose any presidential candidate on the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday, said that the party through the delegates would be the decider of who would become the party’s presidential candidate.

He said that the party and its supporters were aware of the need to have a nationally acceptable presidential candidate so as to avoid bickering among its members in order to have a hitch-free campaign.

Secondus said there was no way the governors would also impose any presidential candidate on the party, noting that two of them were even in the race.

The 13 aspirants are a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo;  a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso;  a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa.

Others are President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki; a former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark;  a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki  (SAN); a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang;  and a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Also on the list of those who have picked the party’s presidential nomination and expression of interest forms are a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido;  Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed and Usifo Stanley.

The aspirants are to face the party’s presidential screening panel in Abuja on Monday.

A former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, is the chairman of the 10-member committee that will screen the 13 presidential aspirants of the PDP.

Secondus said, “We know the importance of having a free, fair and credible presidential primary.

“I can assure you that neither our governors nor the members of the NWC will influence or impose any presidential candidate on the party.

“Each governor, being a statutory delegate, has a single vote at the national convention and they will exercise it.

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