2019: PDP to prune number of Presidential aspirants
The plan, our correspondent gathered, is aimed at preventing unnecessary dissipation of energy by supporters and members of the PDP as well as nipping in the bud, possible
fragmentations within the ranks of the party.
According to the VANGUARD publication;
Although the leadership of the party has continuously reiterated its commitment to fairness and justice, the current move is being
orchestrated with the active cooperation of some of the aspirants.
A highly-placed party source told this medium in confidence that those that have been told to
drop their ambitions would be “compensated in one way or the other,” adding that what is of utmost importance is victory at the polls for the party.
The sorce said: “The number of Presidential aspirants keep increasing by the day and this
is a bit worrisome for us as a party. Yes, all those that have indicated interest in the ticket
are eminently qualified but we must be realistic that this is not the time to have our house unnecessarily divided. “It is very easy to say all of them should battle it out at the convention to choose the Presidential candidate. There is a need to cut
down the numbers whether we like it or not, these people (aspirants) are already leaders in
their own right.
“So, whether they emerge the candidate or not, they have paid their dues. The party has made steady progress in this regard and I believe it will turn out a win-win situation for all of us.”
Beyond the need for an efficient conduct of the Presidential primaries, our source added
that the leadership of the party is also mindful of the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with 37 other political parties a few weeks ago.
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