The former Governor of Jigawa State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Sule Lamido has said that the purported choice of Bukola Saraki and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed by Northern Elders is not the consensus candidates of the party in the region.
It is on record that former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Governors of Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed and Mohammed Hayatu-deen have been working towards producing a consensus candidate among them.
A report says the Northern Elders purportedly led by Prof Ango Abdullahi chose Saraki and Mohammed as Northern choice.
In a swift reaction, Lamido in a statement he personally signed said the position of the Northern Elders is both injurious to the North and the Northern aspirants.
According to him, “The attention of key stakeholders of the PDP in the Northern State 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,” he said.