Some northern elders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called on former Governor of Sokoto Attahiru Bafarawa to contest for the 2019 presidential election.
A PDP youth leader from the Northwest told The Guardian that Bafarawa was urged to contest on the party’s platform, as the elders considered him the only trustworthy politician who can match President Muhammadu Buhari in the region.
The name of former Governor of Kaduna State Ahmad Makarfi and Bafarawa were presented during the meeting, but the elders settled for the latter.
The source said: “It is true a meeting was held between some Northern leaders and youths in Birnin Kebbi where the issue of how PDP can present a credible and popular candidate and supports across board was discussed extensively. They later picked Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto state ahead of others because of his experience, penchant for good governance and integrity among our political class.
“They see Bafarawa as an astute trustworthy politician who can match Buhari compared to other contenders in the PDP from the Northwest.”
He added that Bafarawa was receiving their massive support across the country for the second time.
“Last month, a group of PDP supporters under the auspices of Northern Youth Coalition Alliance met in Kaduna and called on him to openly declare or they will match to his house with two million people to put pressure on him to run,” he added.