The presidential ambition of the former President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has suffered a serious setback with the endorsement of another former President of the Senate, Iyorchia Ayu as the national Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Ayu’s emergence followed hours of continuous meetings by PDP stakeholders of Northern extraction in Abuja.
With consensus endorsement of Ayu as the national Chairman from the North Central zone, ahead of its October 31 national elective convention, possibility of Saraki emergency as the party’s presidential candidate is hopeless.
Investigations revealed that prominent political actors in the PDP have schemed Saraki out of recognition in view of the presidential contest given his perceived unpopular status in his home state, Kwara, where he has lost hold of the political space.
According to a reliable source, Saraki has settled for the return to the Senate from his home state. If he returns he will be eyeing the Senate President seat again as part of a gentle man agreement to solidify the party.
Moments before the commencement of a caucus meeting at the Benue State Governors Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, Saraki’s closest political ally, Abubakar Baraje, issued a statement rejecting the zoning of the position to the north central.
In the statement titled, “We Want North Central to Produce President, not Party Chairman,” Baraje who was a one time acting National Chairman of the party, said irrespective of which zone in the north produces chairman, qualified persons from the north central will contest the presidency come 2023.
The former PDP chairman accused party leaders outside of the north central of trying to foist the chairmanship position on the zone for reasons best known to them.
He noted that the people of the zone would aspire to produce the next President of Nigeria and that it has produced five national chairmen already for the party while there is a zone in the North that is yet to produce a substantive national chairman.
“We have noted that some leaders outside the North Central zone are scheming and exerting a lot of energy to push the national chairmanship position to the North Central Zone to ensure that the post is not in their zone. If the chairman eventually comes from the North Central Zone, it is just an extra for us. Presidential aspirants from the zones will still vie for the post.
“Let it be noted that it is our position in the North Central zone that we stand by the earlier announcement by the party leadership that the presidential ticket will be free for all qualified aspirants to seek. We believe the party should respect its publicly declared position.
“It is not in the interest of the party for leaders to impose their will on the people. Leaders must consult widely and ensure that their decisions reflect the will and aspiration of the people on any issue.
“The issue of how we source the leadership of our party and who flies the flag of the party in the general election should reflect the wishes and aspirations of the people. Leaders must act in the best interest of the party and the nation. Anything short of that is courting needless crisis,” the statement said.
However, the caucuses of the party in the three geopolitical zones in the North had on Wednesday produced three zonal consensus candidates – Ayu (North Central), Ibrahim Shema (North West) and Suleiman Nazif (North East).
But at an enlarged meeting of the Northern caucus held at the Bauchi Lodge in Abuja, yesterday, Ayu was picked as the consensus candidate of the region a decision the Saraki camp sees as a plot to scheme the former Senate President out of the presidential race.
Announcing the emergence of Ayu, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State said the stakeholders were united on the consensus candidate to win the 2023 general elections.
“There is no vanquished, there is no victor in this meeting. We all came out united,” he said.
In his remarks, Ayu assured stakeholders that he would run a purposeful party.
He called on the party leaders to join him to reposition the PDP with a view to ensuring that it bounces back stronger and takes over the Presidential Villa in 2023.
He said that under his leadership, no one could use money to buy his conscience and no single man would own PDP.
Another source in the party said Ayu emerged based on a gentleman agreement that his selection won’t preclude anybody from the zone from contesting the presidency. Whoever loses out of the contest also has an offer of either Senate ticket or a political appointment that will be discussed with the eventual Presidential candidate in a bid to neutralize bad blood.
The source also said it was after the agreement was reached that Ayu’s endorsement for the chairmanship position was sealed. He is from Benue state in the north-central of the country.
Contenders for the presidential ticket of the party from the North include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governor Waziri Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, former Senate president Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.
According to the report, with the northern region on the verge of producing the PDP’s national chairman, political analysts speculate that the party may zone its presidential ticket to the south not without Atiku Abubakar giving a fight.
2023 : One Good Turn Deserves Another As Kwara North Elders Endorses AbdulRazaq, Senator Sadiq For Second Term
Elders of the rulling party,All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara North senatorial district have declared their support for Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and Senator Sadiq Umar’s re-election for a second term.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the APC Elders, in an address prepared by Ambassador Nuruddeen Mohammed, addressed a press conference in Ilorin today Tuesday, saying that the only task left for party delegates at the upcoming party’s primary election on May 26, 2022 is to nominate the governor because no aspirant has expressed intention to contest against him.
“It has been widely acknowledged by our party members and people in the five local government areas of Kwara North senatorial district that the incumbent Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar has performed and served the people of Kwara North senatorial district with humility, most diligently in the past three years of coming to office,” they added.
“We, therefore, feel that he deserves another opportunity to serve our people and do much more for them,” said the party elders, who based their support for the governor on his stellar performance over the last three years. It is said that “one good turn deserves another.”
Mohammed added “Our position, which is contrary to the decision of the main opposition party, the PDP, which announced recently that its own candidate should emerge from Kwara North Senatorial District, is borne out of the fact that the incumbent and high performing governor, Mallam
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, is constitutionally entitled to second term of office.
“We are also giving him our support for his re-nomination for the office of governor again because of the fact that in the history of Kwara state, no governor or administrator except him, has done so much to develop the entire state and in particular, Kwara North Senatorial District, in just three years of administration of Kwara state.
“We, therefore, feel that he deserves another opportunity to serve our people and do much more for them. One good turn, it is said, deserves another.”
BREAKING: House Of Rep Member Defeats Dino Melaye To Win PDP Senatorial Ticket In Kogi
Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf of Kabba/Bunu Ijumu Federal Constituency defeated Senator Dino Melaye to win the Peoples Democratic Party senatorial ticket in Kogi State.
In a rerun election held Tuesday in Kaba, the duo of TJ Yusuf and Dino Melaye received 88 votes each after the delegates election on Monday.
Former banker Dr Victor Adoji has won the ticket to fly the PDP flag in Kogi East in the general election next February.
The delegates’ election to Kogi Central has yet to take place as of the time of filing this report, as some of the aspirants’ pictures did not appear on the ballot papers.
The FidelinfoNews however learnt that officials left Lokoja for Okene at 18:30.
JUST IN: Wike Dissolves Entire Cabinet Members
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has dissolved his entire cabinet, The FidelinfoNews has learnt
The Fiery Governor has dissolved the state executive council and it takes effect immediately. A statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, Wike’s special assistant on media revealed that the Chief of Staff to the governor and Senior Special Assistant (Protocol), have also been relieved of their office.
“His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, commends the members the Rivers State Executive Council for their service and contribution to the development of the State. He has also wished them the best in all their future endeavours.”
“Governor Wike, has therefore instructed all the former members of the State Executive Council to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective ministries.”
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