The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has distanced itself from the manner thzt strong contenders for public office in its midst are canvassing support for their aspirations.
Apparently washing its hands off, following ongoing debate over which part of the country will produce the next president until a committee appointed to deal with the matter finishes it assignment, the party noted it will not concern itself with whatever individual aspirants are doing in the marketplace.
“Aspirants have the right to run their campaign the way they want”, the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba said in an interview.
Acknowledging efforts being made by aspirants to generate a consensus candidate, the Spokesman told a reporter that the PDP will not in any way interfere with attempts by persons in its fold too seek meaningful compromises.
According to Ologunagba, “They are free to discuss among themselves and the party has no control over that.
“Consensus is part of the arrangement of the party and if you notice, that was extensively used during our convention.
Recall that three northern aspirants for the presidential ticket of the party have met twice to examine the possibility of having a consensus candidate instead of a three-way race in which a Southerner may outpace them.
The three are Senator Bola Saraki and two serving state governors, Bala Mohammad and Aminu Tambuwal.
Presidential aspirants from the north have so far opposed the zoning formula of the party.
They have at one time or another spoken against the idea of zoning and the need for the party to first concentrate on winning the election before considering zoning.
The move was equally supported by the National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu.
During the inauguration of the 37-member committee on zoning, Iyorchia charged them to concentrate on the big picture.
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