Presidential candidates on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general election appear to have insisted on primary election.
National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, reportedly met with the aspirants on Tuesday night in Abuja.
Concise News understands that Senate President Bukola Saraki, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, ans former Governor of Kano Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso attended the meeting.
Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal, former Senate President David Mark, former Plateau Governor Senator Jona Jang, and former Governor of Kaduna Ahmed Makarfi were also at the meeting.
Also there were Datti Baba-Ahmed; former Governor of Jigawa Alhaji Sule Lamido; former Governor of Sokoto Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, and former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN).
According to reports, the meeting was held at the private residence of the Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose.
The purpose of the meeting, which included the gathering of PDP governors, was to amicably choose the presidential candidate of the party.
The Tuesday meeting, which was presided over by Fayose, also agreed that Secondus would be in attendance.
Fayose, who is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, according to reports, cautioned the aspirants on the need to work together and have a common front ahead of the primary, which had been fixed for October 5 and 6.
“It was a family gathering where all those present voiced out their mind on the need to have a credible and acceptable presidential primary,” the Punch quoted a source as saying.
“Fayose, who with Secondus presided over the meeting, was very calm and told the aspirants that what should be paramount to them all is how to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and not the individual ambition of the aspirants.”