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Saraki, Bala Mohammed Shortlisted As Presidential Consensus Aspirant By Northern PDP

Ahead of the May 28 Presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Northern leaders, Friday, shortlisted former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed in the interim.
This was an agreement among four northern Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirants to reach a consensus among themselves, the number of aspirants has been pruned to two. These are Gov Bala Mohammed from the North East and former Senate President Bukola Saraki from the North Central.

The 4 aspirants who concluded are Gov Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, Gov Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and Mohammed Hayatu-deen.

In a communique signed by former Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the Northern leaders said the election of Saraki and Bala Mohammed was arrived at based on certain criteria adopted in the assessment of the four aspirants who submitted themselves for the exercise.

The communique read in part: “For the purpose of this exercise, it is hereby resolved that Gov. Bala Mohammad from the North-East and former Senate President Bukola Saraki from the North-Central be presented as the Northern consensus candidates for the moment.

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“It was resolved that a leading aspirant from the North-Central and one from the North-East are to be presented as Northern Presidential candidates.

The number of two was reached after the four aspirants began the process to reach a consensus by visiting former military president, Gen Ibrahim Babangida and giving him the mandate to lead the process for a consensus. They agreed to abide by the outcome of the decision.

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Phases of exercise
The communique further explained the selection process and performance of aspirants.

In phase one of the exercise called “candidates assessment,” the leaders sought the opinions of six persons from the three geo-political zones. They were asked to also cast their votes.

“At the end of this phase, Saraki and Gov. Mohammed scored 10 votes each while Tambuwal and Hayatu-Deen got seven and five votes respectively,” the communique said.

In phase two, “zonal assessment”, Mr Saraki got eight votes, while Messrs Mohammed and Tambuwal got seven and two votes respectively. And no vote was recorded for Hayatu-Deen.

In the third phase, Mr Abdullahi said resort was made to the historical antecedents of the PDP with regards to previous northern aspiration and the following conclusion was reached.

“That the North-west has had the opportunity of contesting and even forming government in 2007.

“In 2011, a consensus was made among the 4 northern candidates, which North-east got but lost at the primary election. In 2019, it got the slot again though the party could not form the government.”


General Babangida on his part opted for inclusion, through wider consultation with elders and leaders across the three geopolitical zones of the North

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