The Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees panel will meet with the party’s presidential aspirants on Thursday to discuss the possibility of having a consensus presidential candidate.
The Punch reports that the 12-man panel, which is headed by Senator Walid Jibrin, is expected to first meet in the morning of Thursday before inviting the aspirants for the screening.
The aspirants are a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso; and a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa.
Others said to have been invited are President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; a former President of the Senate, David Mark; a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Tanimu Turaki; a former Governor of Plateau State, Jona Jang; and a former Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi.
Others expected at the meeting are a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido; Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed and Usifo Stanley.
However, a member of the BoT said that the aspirants “do not want to hear anything about consensus or stepping down for anybody at all.”
The meeting is also said to be aimed at presenting a candidate that can challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s support base in the north.