The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has discussed about reducing the number of presidential aspirant in the party before the primary election
The BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday. .
Jibrin, however, assured that no aspirant would be forced to withdraw from the race, adding that the BoT would set up a committee to work on the aspirants with the view to convincing them to reduce their number.
He said: “We are recommending that we have to manage the situation very well to ensure that it does not lead to crisis. The presidential aspirants are 13 in number so we are trying our best to ensure a reduction in the number.
“But we are not going to force anybody to withdraw from the race, as consultations among party elders are still ongoing. We are going to bring out a committee that will work in the best interest of Nigerians.
“We are forming a committee to meet with the aspirants. After that, we will decide on what to do. We have decided to form a special committee to advise the National Working Committee ((NWC) of the party.
“We will ensure free and fair elections during the upcoming presidential primaries. There should be no impunity.”
Reacting, Segun Sowunmi, spokesman of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization, hailed the development.
“It is not surprising and we commend the wisdom of the party. We are confident of the chance of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar bearing in mind his pedigree. PDP reports
“However, it is general knowledge that all contenders in PDP for the presidental ticket are far better than President Buhari”.
Meanwhile, NIGERIA DAILY TIMES has composed that there are 13 big politician planning to contest against president buhari in 2019