Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said that the most effective way to reduce rancor within the Peoples Democratic Party is to settle for a consensus candidate as the party’s flag bearer in the 2023 general elections.
Saraki said this on Monday in the Benue State Headquarter, Makurdi, during his visit alongside two other presidential aspirants on the platform of the PDP and governors of Sokoto and Bauchi States, Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed.
He disclosed that they will visit former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar later on Monday to also discuss the topic of getting a consensus candidate among the party’s presidential aspirants.
He described the Benue State governor Samuel Ortom as a critical stakeholder.
Saraki said, “I’m here today with two brothers, the governor of Sokoto State, Tambuwal and, of course, the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, as part of the ongoing consultation of the three of us who have shown indication to aspire for presidency under our great party.
“On our own about a couple of weeks ago, we felt that, in the interest of our great party, we should be able to come together and find a consensus candidate among us.
“Our interest is very little compared to our country at this time, which is at a very defining moment. I believe only our party can rescue this country from where it is today and those of us who are aspiring are committed to ensure that we find somebody who will unite us, whom we will all support.
“That’s a better way to unite the party and reduce the rancor in the process. To do that, we must also carry along key stakeholders of the party, leaders like yourself, and that’s why we are here today.
“The seriousness comes from our total belief in the unity of our party. All of us are eminently qualified to lead this country; it’s about us ensuring that we put the country first and that is why we are here.
Responding, Governor Ortom said, “Any person beyond 70 years should not be looking for presidency. These are people, today, we are in computer age and these three gentlemen you see here are computer literate and they have the capacity.
“We cannot continue to be in the analogue. How many of you were alive in 1930 or 1945? During the Second World War, how many of you were born that time? Even me, I was born in 1961. So, the world has changed, we are now in the digital world and we must computerise and digitise governance too.”