” It’s Operation Stop Wike” — The Northern Leaders’ Final Effort To Field A Consensus Candidate when voting Starts
The Northern PDP stalwarts met on Friday night to choose a consensus candidate for today’s primary poll but were unable to reach an agreement.
According to Zolex, Sule Lamido, the former governor of Jigawa, convened the Abuja gathering because he supports Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto state, for the party’s presidential candidacy.
Candidates were told to unite behind a single candidate in order to prevent Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike from gaining the party’s nomination.
Wike is seen as the biggest threat to the north.
He is thought to have the greatest number of states on his side.
With the exception of Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, who withdrew from the campaign, the remaining candidates, which included Atiku Abubakar, Bala Mohammed, Bukola Saraki, and Aminu Tambuwal, refused to step aside for any single candidate.
Among those in attendance were Emeka Ihedioha, the former governor of Imo and a Tambuwal loyalist; Aliyu Gusau, the former national security adviser; and Ben Obi, an Atiku associate.
An earlier attempt by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to find a consensus candidate failed.
Saraki and Mohammed were nominated by the NEF, but the northern candidates rejected it