A meeting which ended in the early hours of Saturday among key leaders of PDP from the North failed to broker a consensus deal.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed declined to burge to the elders’ request to step down and endorse one of them.
Only ex-bank chief Mohammed Hayatu-Deen agreed to withdraw.
Party last leaders are said to be making frantic efforts for the key aspirants to put forward a united front in the face of imminent possibility of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers clinching the ticket.
“A lot of them don’t believe Wike can win the general election but as it is it is almost clear that he can coast to victory if the northern candidates didn’t close their ranks,” said a source familiar with the late night meeting.
Meanwhile, delegates and party officials have started trooping in to the MKO Abiola Stadium, venue of the Presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The posters of some of the main contenders Tambuwal, Mohammed, Saraki are competing for space at the venue.
Even though he has withdrawn from the race, the campaign posters of ex-investment banker Muhammed Hayatu-Deen is also visible around the arena.
Daily Trust also gathered that the convention proper is billed for 4pm even though there had not been any official information to that effect.
The aspirants are also said to be engaged in last minute horse trading and consultation with other aspirants and delegates with hope that the pendulum will swing their way.
US pledges support to INEC ahead of 2023 general elections
The United States under Secretary for Political Affairs Ambassador Victoria Nuland says the interest shown by Nigerian youths in the country’s electoral process will check irregularities especially in next year’s general election and beyond.
She stated this in Abuja during her visit to Nigeria and two other African countries.
Ambassador Nuland explained that money politics and other electoral malpractices which was not peculiar to Nigeria alone, could only be addressed using effective regulations.
Ambassador Nuland said her visit to Nigeria was strategic as the country plans for its general election next year.
She said that the United States would provide all the necessary support for the country to achieve a credible and peaceful electoral process.
Ambassador Nuland had earlier met the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as well as the National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno where issues of interest to Nigeria and the United States were discussed.
ECOWAS charges Nigeria on Peaceful Election in 2023
The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Tunis sidie has called on Nigeria to ensure peaceful and credible general elections, come 2023.
He made the appeal in his opening address at the first ordinary session of the fifth legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja,
Dr Tunis noted that Africa and indeed the whole world is looking up to Nigeria as a flagship of Political stability.
He however commended the country on the maturity the two main Political parties displayed in the conduct of their primaries and urged that the same attitude be sustained during the general election.
To this end, Dr. Tunis said the Parliament would commence early engagement in collaboration with ECOWAS Commission to ensure a successful exercise in Nigeria and two other countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone billed to hold elections next year.
“May I remind us that next year will be very pivotal for democracy across the region. With elections scheduled to hold in three Member States; the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, our role in ensuring that the democratic processes are conducted to guarantee the best possible outcomes cannot be overemphasized. In coordination with the ECOWAS Commission, we must begin our engagements long before polling day to ensure successes in all three Member States.”
The Speaker also congratulated The Republic of Gambia for the successful conduct of its election in April this year.
On the occasion, the Speaker of Gambia National Assembly, Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta In his goodwill message condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power by the military in some member States and the use of the Parliament by leaders to perpetuate themselves in power.
“In this regard, the Government, and People of The Gambia condemn in the strongest terms the unconstitutional seizure of political power through coup de tats which is threatening the very fabric of our society. This also includes those leaders who rely on support in Parliament to amend their constitutions to accord themselves extended term limits against the will of their people”.
He said to sustain economic prosperity, peace, and stability in the sub-region, governance must be based on the pillars of justice, accountability, probity and most importantly, respect for the people’s will.
Buhari meets APC Governors ahead of Party’s Presidential Primary
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Governors of the APC to demonstrate the values and virtues of the party during its forthcoming presidential primary election.
The President gave the charge in Abuja at a meeting with the 22 Governors and the National Chairman of the party.
He noted that the most successful political parties globally had always depended on their internal cohesion and a strong leadership brand to achieve bigger electoral fortunes.
President Buhari said he would provide stronger leadership to the party to ensure an orderly process of the presidential primary election.
He stressed that such leadership was also needed to improve the party’s electoral fortunes by retaining power at the center, holding a greater majority in various legislative chambers, and gaining an additional number of states.
The President appealed to the Governors to allow their interests to converge, and their focus to remain on the changing dynamics of their environment, and the expectations of citizens, as well as the global community.
He emphasised that their objective must be the victory of the party, and their choice of a candidate must be someone who would give the Nigerian masses a sense of victory and confidence.
President Buhari assured that the consultation process would continue, to ensure that aspirants and stakeholders would be brought on board right through to the convention.
The President stressed that any anxiety occasioned by different factors is effectively brought under control.
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, had on behalf of his colleagues, said the party must build on successes of its recent elective convention, and the primaries conducted so far, and come up with a candidate who would walk in the footsteps of patriotism and love for the country shown by President Buhari.
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