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PDP Northern Elders Endorse Saraki, Mohammed As Consensus Candidates For Presidency

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed have emerged as the preferred consensus candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party Northern Elders.

The forum disclosed this in Minna after a meeting that was held with General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida to brief him on the development.

Speaking on behalf of the forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi stated that four northern aspirants aspired to become their consensus candidates but ruled out governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen.

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He stated, “the purpose of this exercise, it is hereby resolved that Governor Bala Mohammed from the North East and former Senate President Bukola Saraki from the North Central be presented as the northern consensus candidates for the moment.”

Ango advised the two aspirants to work together to give room for further consultations to come up with one consensus candidate to ensure peaceful primaries.

“Doing so will foster understanding among themselves and the PDP community to ensure a rancour-free primary in which all eligible candidates would be free to exercise their right,” he charged.

He also revealed that General Babangida opted for inclusion through wider consultation and assigned him to design criteria and carry out the necessary consultations with elders and leaders in the three geopolitical regions in the north.

Speaking, Governor Mohammed told journalists that he and Saraki would meet to come up with one consensus presidential candidate to ensure unity for the north and Nigeria.

“We have reached an agreement to seek consensus so that we can close ranks and build unity for the north and Nigeria. We are happy that after due process and due consultation, involving the PDP Northern Elders Forum, I and Saraki have been chosen as a Northern consensus candidate. We will go ahead and consult more among ourselves and bring out one candidate.”

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