The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will set up a committee to enable the party make the right decision in the choice of its presidential candidate ahead of the 2019, it was learnt yesterday.
This was the outcome of a consultative meeting between former Vice President and Presidential aspirant of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the BoT, on Thursday night.
A source at the meeting who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that Atiku met with the PDP BoT at the party’s annex office, popularly called, Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja. It was learnt that the meeting was well attended by members of the BoT, including another presidential aspirant, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau.
The source confided in LEADERSHIP that Atiku is the first aspirant to visit the BoT about his presidential aspirations even though there are three letters of request for courtesy visits by other aspirants before the BoT.
It was learnt that Atiku, a founding father of the PDP and a life member of the BOT, was represented at the meeting by the director general of his Presidential Campaign Organisation, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Atiku, the source added, chronicled the litany of challenges facing the country including insecurity, divisions, poor state of the economy. He said the only person well-wired to set the machinery in motion to get Nigeria working again is Atiku.
The former vice president “extended his gratitude to the BoT for keeping the soul of the party even in the midst of challenges and told them that history has beckoned on them once again to choose a leader for 2019.
“He reminded them that as a life member, he is one of them. He also called for their support and partnership to emerge as the candidate,” the source added.
It was further gathered that Atiku hailed the role played by the BoT in saving the party and expressed hope that they will rise to the historic occasion by deciding what is right for the party ahead of 2019.
It was learnt that the BoT Chairman, Sen. Walid Jibrin, assured that as the conscience of the party, it will strive not to make a mistake, noting that “It will set up a committee to make a determination on putting its best foot forward,” the source at the meeting said.
Jibrin was said to have described Atiku as an active member of the party before his exit, and that he has remained active since his return to the party. The BoT chairman was said to have commended Atiku considering them worthy of interacting with over his 2019 ambition.
It was however gathered that a minute silence was observed for the late Mallam Adamu Ciroma as proposed by former PDP National Chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Ali.
When contacted, the media aide to Atiku, Paul Ibe, confirmed that the meeting held as part of his consultations with critical PDP stakeholders for his 2019 presidential bid.
He however said he could not provide any detail as to what transpired at the meeting.
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