Ahead of the October 5 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to pick its presidential flag bearer, the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party yesterday set hurdles the 13 aspirants must scale to secure the party’s presidential ticket.
Vanguard gathered that the NWC, which said the era of “bow and go” during the screening was over, said the criteria to be met by the aspirants would include, among others, acceptability across the country; their political viability; the structure they had built over time; and the bridges they had built across the country.
According to the leadership of the party, all the 13 aspirants will be diligently scrutinized before testing their popularity at the primaries.
It also dismissed speculations of a possible existence of an agreement to favour a particular aspirant. “The party does not and will not adopt any aspirant in the race for the presidential or any other office for that matter,’’ the party stated.
A reliable source at the party’s national secretariat told Vanguard on condition of anonymity, yesterday, that though the Board of Trustees, BoT, was working round-the-clock towards the emergence of a consensus candidate; the decision of the board was not binding on the party leadership or the aspirants.
Vanguard, September 19, 2018
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