The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last night met again with its 12 aspirants vying for its presidential ticket for the 2019 general elections.
The national convention of the party is slated to hold tomorrow in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, explained that the meeting was to brief the aspirants on the arrangements made to ensure that the presidential primary was free, fair and transparent.
Ologbondiyan said the party leadership was doing its best to ensure that the party remained united after the contest, explaining that the only way that objective could be achieved was to put in place a fair process.
“We are going to get them to agree to the delegates’ list before it goes into final print tomorrow,” he said, adding that all the aspirants were given a draft copy of the list each three days ago for their scrutiny.
“We are determined to deliver a transparent process, which outcome would be acceptable to all the aspirants,” Ologbondiyan said, explaining that all the aspirants nominated representatives into the various committees overseeing the organisation of the convention, including the usually contentious accreditation and electoral committees.
Aspirants contesting the PDP’s presidential ticket are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Others are former Senate president, Senator David Mark; Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido; former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; and former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki; former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; former Plateau State governor, Senator Jonah Jang; Mr. Stanley Osifo and Senator Baba Datti-Ahmed.