Former governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, has opposed the Northern consensus presidential candidates option for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) announced on Friday, saying it negates the position of party members in the region.
Lately, four presidential hopefuls, including former Senate President Bukola Saraki; Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and former managing director of the now-defunct FSB International Bank, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, had held consultations across the country on consensus candidacy.
But on Friday, elder statesman and leader of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof Ango Abdullahi, released a report announcing Saraki and Bala Mohammed as “northern consensus candidates.”
Tambuwal, however, rejected the report, arguing that was not the agreement earlier reached by the four aspirants.
Ex-Jigawa governor Lamido, in a statement on Saturday, described the Northern Elders Forum’s report as the “personal opinion” of the people who issued it.
Lamido’s statement read, “The attention of key stakeholders of the PDP in the northern states is drawn to reports in the media that some northern elders have shortlisted two of our prominent and deserving aspirants as consensus PDP presidential candidates.
“Having widely consulted party leaders across the 19 northern states and FCT, it is hereby stated to our teeming party members and the general public that what is reported in the media is only the personal opinion of those who issued the statement and not the position of the PDP members in the north.
“Discussions are ongoing with ALL the aspirants in our party with a view to having a national consensus if possible or at least working towards having a smooth, acrimony-free national convention.
“The position of the northern elders is not only injurious to the north but equally injurious to the northern aspirants.”