PDP Convention: Looming trouble as Dankwambo, Makarfi, Lamido refuse consensus arrangement
London, October 6, 2018 (AltAfrica)-All efforts to get a consensus candidate among aspirants for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at the on-going presidential convention in Port Harcourt, Nigeria has been deadlock . AN insider told Alternativeafrica.com
The deadlock, the source said could not be unconnected with feelings among some aspirants that Senate president, Bukola Saraki, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwa were all traitors who left the party at a trial time and as such have refused to step down for those they described as “returnee members.”
The source said governor of Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwambo and former governors of Kaduna and Jigawa, Ahmed Makarfi and Sule Lamido, are the main problem who simply refused to stand down their ambition .
The situation has become a big problem for those involved in the negotiations. They are trying to avoid bad blood and post convention fall-out that could ruin the chances of the party in next year’s general election. For now, all efforts have failed.
Sources said they argued that giving the party’s ticket to the returnees may send a wrong message to those who remained loyal to the party.
“How do you explain that the presidential ticket of the party should be given to those who jumped ship. If we all left the party and refused to hold it together, where would they have returned to? Are they saying we were foolish for staying back?”
The meeting of the PDP aspirants was aimed at managing the insistence of Dankwambo, Makarfi and Lamido that the party’s presidential ticket should come to them as “a matter of entitlement.”
The position of these presidential aspirants, sources said, had made it difficult for the emergence of a consensus candidate.
However, Abubakar, Saraki, Tambuwal and Kwankwaso are still regarded as front-liners in the race for the party’s presidential ticket.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, had earlier been reported to say that the party was not averse to a consensus arrangement, as long as it was a position canvassed by the aspirants.