Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has responded to insinuations that talks of producing a consensus presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is a move against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Saraki has at least met twice with governors of Bauchi and Sokoto, Bala Muhammed and Aminu Tambuwal, who like him, are contesting for the PDP presidential ticket, with a mission to agreeing to produce a consensus candidate.
But when the former Senate president was asked to react to claims that the meeting was aimed at working against Atiku, he replied: “Those making such insinuations are mischievous who never see any good out of anything. We are not shutting anybody out. As we said, we are going to see him (Atiku).
“We are going to see other aspirants. There are other aspirants in the party. This is not about shutting anybody out. It is about uniting everybody with the interests of this country. And you will see when we begin to move around, but we are not limited to anybody.’’
According to Saraki, discussions on the possibility of producing a consensus presidential candidate for the PDP would continue.
He said, “The next meeting we are going to have again will be in Sokoto, which the governor of Sokoto will host. We want to inform you that we had good discussions.
“The more we meet, the more we continue to share our views about the importance of the unity of our party, because we believe it is only PDP that has the solutions to help us get out of the problems we are in today.”