Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to commence a search panel for a credible presidential candidate, The Nation has quoted a source within the party as revealing.
The party source said the PDP decided to scout for a sellable candidate to match up against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
“We have made mistakes in the past. We violated zoning and we paid dearly for it. “We are considering going for a presidential candidate who will withstand the predictable propaganda of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government.
“We want to get it right. If we want to win, we must get a better candidate; a candidate that is better than what the APC will offer because Nigerians will compare and contrast,”
the source said. The source said the party could look beyond those currently showing interest in the race. Some of those who have indicated interest in running incude former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Sokoto state governor, Attahiru Barafawa; former Kano state governor, Ibrahim Shekarau; former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido; former Kaduna state governor, Ahmed Makarfi; Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose; and Gombe state governor Ibrahim Dankwambo.
“There is no shortage of presidential aspirants in our party. But, one factor that will determine the selection of the flag bearer is his ability to win.
“We as a party want to win. Therefore, the opinion is that, while studying those already holding consultations on their presidential ambition, the door should be open for more people to come in.
“Many APC leaders are former leaders of the PDP. Thus, communication is easy. We did not offend ourselves.
“They were fighting Jonathan and he is no more in the saddle. We still meet and relate and the bond is not entirely severed,” the source said.