A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has rejected the choice of consensus PDP presidential candidates by Northern elders.
The Northern elders had reportedly narrowed their choice of the PDP consensus presidential candidate to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Bukola Saraki, a former President of the Senate.
In reaction to the report, Mr Lamido faulted the Northern elders’ decision in a statement, saying the decision was merely their personal opinions.
“The attention of key stakeholders of the PDP in the Northern states is drawn to reports in the media that some Northern Elders have shortlisted two of our prominent and deserving aspirants as consensus PDP presidential candidates.
“Having widely consulted party leaders across the 19 Northern States and FCT, it is hereby stated to our teeming party members and the general public that what is reported in the Media is only the personal opinion of those who issued the statement and not the position of the PDP members in the North! Discussions are ongoing with ALL the aspirants in our Party with a view to having a National Consensus if possible or at least working towards having a smooth acrimony free National Convention.
“The position of the Northern Elders is not only injurious to the North but equally injurious to the Northern Aspirants!” Mr Lamido added.